Man City refute Leicester claims over Riyad Mahrez

Leicester City winger Riyad Mahrez

Leicester City winger Riyad Mahrez

Puel questioned the timing of Manchester City's move for Mahrez after claiming it was disrespectful of the Premier League leaders to try to snare one of their best players just 48 hours before the close of the transfer window last month, with little time to find a replacement.

But we understand Leicester were open to discussing a potential fee for the Algerian worldwide and that if the Foxes had, at any point, said they did not want to discuss a potential transfer, then Man City would have walked away from the negotiations.

Pep Guardiola's side made a final bid worth up to £65million for Mahrez on deadline day but Leicester wanted more than £80m and the move collapsed. "The story is behind him, all the players want to move on". "We need also perhaps some more respect from some teams".

He told reporters on a protracted saga: "We don't have a lot of players with the game quality as Riyad".

Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder has confirmed Wales global David Brooks is in contention to make his long-awaited return to first-team action.

Manchester City have hit back at claims made by Leicester City boss Claude Puel that the club disrespected the Foxes in their transfer deadline day pursuit of Riyad Mahrez.

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"It is important to put an end to the talking about Riyad".

Defender Kieron Freeman remains out while goalkeeper Simon Moore and midfielder John Fleck are suspended.

The Blades, who fielded an under-strength side in their 4-1 defeat by Leicester in the Carabao Cup earlier this season, are again likely to have an unfamiliar look. "It was important for me and for the player, to stop the last situation".

"The game against Sheffield United will be tough, they are a good team".

Indeed, the last time Leicester knocked the same opponent out of both domestic cup competitions was against Plymouth in 1964-65, while Sheffield United have never been eliminated in both such cups by the same team before.

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