Published: Sun, February 11, 2018
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Aguero and De Bruyne destroy Leicester to reboot Man City

Aguero and De Bruyne destroy Leicester to reboot Man City

Riyad Mahrez put in a transfer request to try to force through a transfer to the Etihad Stadium but after City refused to meet Leicester's valuation, the Algerian global spent a week away from the training ground.

Leicester star forward Riyad Mahrez made a return to Leicester squad as he was introduced in the second half after missing training for several days and his side's last two league games in apparent protest of his failed move to Manchester City. It worked a treat with his team looking utterly refreshed and full of energy as they took apart Leicester with a devastating display.

'I would like to clarify that all those so-called assumptions of why I was absent are completely untrue.

"Leicester City were always aware of my whereabouts and had knowledge of my thinking either directly or via my advisors", he said.

The Foxes beat City at the Etihad Stadium during their title-winning season two years ago, so they know how it feels to win there - but this is a totally different animal they will be up against. "David Silva trained with us that day at 4pm, but during the session, he said, 'I am not ready'". Those goals remain the same today and in the future, and when I am asked to be a part of the team, rest assured I will continue to give my all'.

Despite a second transfer request from Mahrez in eight months, Leicester reportedly held out for a deal worth £80 million ($112 million, 91 million euros), with even City's cash-rich Abu Dhabi owners unwilling to go beyond a reported £50 million plus an unnamed player they valued at £15 million.

The Catalan coach's decision brought some stinging criticism, particularly from Sky pundit and former Manchester United captain Gary Neville, who believed Guardiola should have offered the chance of a matchday experience on the bench to one of City's many talented academy prospects.

But Guardiola insisted that City can not be blamed for their role in the saga, claiming the situation is no different to Leicester ing them last summer to negotiate a £25m deal for Kelechi Iheanacho. "I think it's the quality". Leicester came to pick up Kelechi, we did it. In other transfers, clubs call the clubs and it's simple like that. We can try and do absolutely everything.

Riyad Mahrez will miss a third successive match for Leicester when they travel to Manchester City. I want him to come back soon and play, because we enjoy watching him.

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