Riyad Mahrez has been left ‘depressed’ by the breakdown of his proposed move to Manchester City, with the Algerian hurt by Leicester’s refusal to sell him for a reasonable price.
City had proposed a deal worth around £65m but the Foxes insisted that they would not sell Mahrez for less than £95m.
Mahrez went AWOL from training on Tuesday and was not involved as Leicester lost to Everton on Wednesday night.
A friend of his told Sky Sports: “Riyad is very depressed this evening over the events of the last two days. He doesn’t understand why Leicester have behaved in the way they have.
“This is the fourth transfer window in which Leicester have said they will allow him to leave. He feels very strongly that he has done everything in his powers for the club.
“They have let N’Golo Kante and Danny Drinkwater go. He would have been the record sale in the history of the club and the record purchase for Manchester City. By my calculations, Leicester would have made £59.8m profit on the player they bought from Le Havre for £350,000.
“He’s been told by many of his former team-mates that, to get out of Leicester, you have to go to war, which he has tried to avoid. He’s given his all for Leicester this season so that he could leave in this window.
“Joining Manchester City would have been a dream for him. Playing for Pep Guardiola is something he is still desperate to do. That seems a long way off right now. He’s very down about how he’s been treated by a club he has served so well.”
Despite being refused the opportunity to join City this season, Guardiola has suggested that Mahrez will remain in his thoughts for the summer transfer window.