Leicester boss: I think Mahrez was at airport on final day

Date published: Saturday 9th September 2017 11:35

Leicester boss Craig Shakespeare has cleared the air with Riyad Mahrez following the midfielder’s antics on transfer deadline day.

Mahrez took the remarkable step of leaving the Algeria national squad in order to try to force a move away from the King Power Stadium.

The 26-year-old, who submitted a transfer request at the start of the summer, surprised Leicester with the move last week, with the club learning about his intentions via a Tweet from the Algerian FA stating that Mahrez had been given permission to leave their training camp to finalise a move.

Since his return from international duty, Mahrez has met with Shakespeare to explain his actions and the Leicester boss has praised the player for his honesty.

Asked if he knew Mahrez’s whereabouts on August 31, Shakespeare said: “I did try to call him but it was an international dialling tone and I wasn’t quite sure where he was. I would have suggested he was at an airport somewhere.

“I think the main content of the conversation between me and Riyad will stay private but what I will say is he was very transparent from the word go.

“In the conversations I had with him he said he wanted to play for a top six club. He made that very clear. And I can understand from him and his advisors what they were doing.

“But having talked to him over the last couple of days I am in no doubt of his professionalism and commitment to Leicester.”

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