Leicester return ‘very easy’ for Riyad Mahrez


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Riyad Mahrez says his return to the Leicester City ranks was made easy by his team-mates and the club after his failed moved to Manchester City in January.

Mahrez denied going AWOL after the transfer failed to go through on deadline day, insisting he was in constant contact with the club, but required some thinking time.

The Algerian says he is now focused on playing for Leicester and that he’ll wait and see what the future holds for him.

Mahrez scored a late equaliser against Bournemouth last weekend, his first Leicester strike since the transfer saga played out.

“Manchester City is a good move for everyone but it is the past. It is behind me. If we start talking about this it’s like coming back to the transfer window and now I’m moving forward, trying to give my best for the team,” he said.

“You’ll always have regrets but at that time I thought it was the best thing to do.

“It was difficult, I’ve always been in contact with the club. The club handled it very well. When the team-mates and the club were behind me it was OK, it was very easy to come back here.”

After his dramatic free-kick against the Cherries, Mahrez confirmed his Facebook account was hacked after a statement appeared to announce his retirement from football this week.

He is focused on a strong end to the season with Leicester.

“In football players come, players leave, I’m not saying I’m coming or going,” he added.

“We always talk between me and the club, everything is good, so we will see in the summer if things come. At the moment I’m a Leicester player.”

Leicester are 2.50 to win at basement club West Brom on Saturday. The Baggies are 3.00, while the draw is 3.20.

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