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Mahrez criticised: Should Arsenal's Wenger defend him if Leicester is at fault?

Mahrez criticised: Should Arsenal's Wenger defend him if Leicester is at fault?

Riyad Mahrez's current standoff with Leicester City does not represent the first time a Premier League star has refused to perform for their club.

Puel, the Leicester manager, remained tight-lipped when asked about Mahrez returning to work or whether he has permission to miss training and games.

The Premier League leaders made four bids for the Algerian forward, the last of which was worth £65m and included a player as part of the deal. "The best way is to come back and enjoy his football", Puel said at a news conference on Thursday. He loves his team-mates, and that's important.

Press Association Sport understands a call went in last week and while Leicester acknowledged and valued the PFA's offer, neither the club nor Mahrez have yet taken them up on the offer.

Pep Guardiola was desperate to bring Mahrez in as cover following injuries to Leroy Sane and Gabriel Jesus.

"It's important this remains inside the club and private, not in the public".

Leicester, however, are hoping to resolve the issue internally and are prepared to give the Algeria global time to reintegrate back into the squad. He played 20 times in all competitions for the French second division club. My preoccupation is about my available players and to keep them in a positive attitude and to continue this good work.

The 26-year-old missed training and didn't join up with the squad for their deadline day game against Everton in order to get the deal done.

The Algerian global has been strongly linked with moves away from the Walkers Stadium in recent transfer windows, but has not been allowed to exit the club despite him supposedly handing in a transfer request on more than one occasion. He was Player of the Year that season, two years after joining the club from Le Harve for just £320,000.

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