Riyad Mahrez.

Why Riyad Mahrez has Liverpool to blame for his failed move to Man City

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January may be over, but Riyad Mahrez's future at Leicester City is still very much uncertain.

Manchester City saw three bids rejected for the Algerian in the transfer window with the biggest said to be worth in the region of £65 million.

In response to City's deadline-day antics, Leicester slapped an £80 million asking price on Mahrez's head to fend off their interest.

Seems even Pep Guardiola can't justify spending that much money on one player.

Mahrez has since gone AWOL at Leicester and hasn't trained in the last four days. He's also been ruled out of Saturday's game against Swansea City, as confirmed by manager Claude Puel.

"Riyad will not be available for this game," said Puel. "I can say the club we took this decision for the best of Leicester I think.

"We need to respect this decision. I think it is the best decision for this squad. We will assess Riyad when he has cleared himself.

"We know after transfer window it is always difficult. It is a tough situation for us to manage. I hope for Riyad he can clear his head and comeback with us."

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This is the fourth time Mahrez has been denied a move away from Leicester, who rejected bids from the likes of Arsenal and Chelsea in previous transfer windows.

However, according to the Mirror, Mahrez actually has Liverpool to blame somewhat for his move to City collapsing on transfer deadline day.

It turns out Leicester demanded £80 million for Mahrez because of Virgil van Dijk's £75 million move to Liverpool and Philippe Coutinho's £142 million move to Barcelona.

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Leicester thought that it was only fair Mahrez cost City £80 million seeing as Van Dijk and Coutinho commanded such vast transfer fees.

Strange as it sounds, Liverpool were indirectly at fault for Mahrez not being allowed to join City in January. What a crazy world we live in.

It remains to be seen what the future holds for Mahrez, but he's said to be depressed and unhappy about Leicester's decision, which suggests there is no end in sight.

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