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Harry Maguire reveals how Leicester teammates will react when Riyad Mahrez comes back into squad

Foxes flier has missed several days of training since his deadline day move to Manchester City broke down

LEICESTER’S players will welcome Awol Riyad Mahrez back with open arms, insists Harry Maguire.

The Foxes flier missed the draw with Swansea after failing to report for training in the wake of his failed exit.

Riyad Mahrez was gutted to miss out on a Manchester City move

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Riyad Mahrez was gutted to miss out on a Manchester City move

But Maguire is adamant there are no hard feelings towards Mahrez despite his desire to join Manchester City.


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He said: “The boys will welcome Riyad back and he’s no doubt one of our best players.

“It’s for him, his agent and the club to deal with, but we would welcome him back.”

Leicester chief Claude Puel says he will “reassess Riyad when he clears his head” as failing to move left him “very depressed”.

Riyad Mahrez missed the 1-1 draw with Swansea

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Riyad Mahrez missed the 1-1 draw with Swansea

Harry Maguire insists there is no bad blood between Riyad Mahrez and the rest of the squad

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Harry Maguire insists there is no bad blood between Riyad Mahrez and the rest of the squad

Mahrez, 26, has been offered help from the PFA over his bitter row with his employers.

Pep Guardiola made a late bid for the winger, who handed in a transfer request, but the Foxes held firm.

Riyad Mahrez was one of the leading lights in Leicester’s title-winning side

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Riyad Mahrez was one of the leading lights in Leicester’s title-winning side

And in the playmaker’s absence, struggling Swansea fought back to draw after Jamie Vardy’s opener.

Puel said: “The result is frustrating. We have to correct this because we have conceded a lot of goals from set-pieces.”