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Leicester insist Riyad Mahrez is “focused” after returning to training after a week away following a failed deadline day move to Manchester City.

The Algerian rejoined the Foxes on Friday after the club rejected a £60m bid from Man City.

A club statement read: “Riyad Mahrez has today (Friday) returned to training with the Leicester City squad.

“Riyad remains a greatly valued member of Claude Puel’s squad and is focused, together with his teammates, on achieving further success with Leicester City.”

Mahrez responded with his own statement: “Leicester City were always aware of my whereabouts and had knowledge of my thinking either directly or via my advisors.

“I have been a part of the Leicester City team that has achieved much success including promotion to the Premier League and being Champions of the League.

“My goals have always been the same and I have always given my full 100 per cent when I play for the club the fans and my teammates.

“Those goals remain the same today and in the future and when I am asked to be a part of the Leicester team, rest assured I will continue to give my all.

“Over the past ten days many people claiming to be my friend have spoken about me and things they know nothing about.

“Off the back of that, many people and journalists have made assumptions without properly checking the story, so I would like to clarify that all those so-called assumptions of why I was absent are completely untrue.
“Myself nor my advisors have ever made any statements about that so all presumptions made are totally without foundation.”

Manager, Puel added; “I think, and I hope, Riyad can get his head right and come back with us and back to hard work,” said Puel.

“For him the best way is to come back and enjoy his football. Riyad is a magnificent player and he loves football. He loves his relationships with his team-mates.

“He enjoys his football and I think he needs to come back and play and touch the ball. He loves his football. He needs to get his head right.”

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