"We don't have a lot of players with the game quality of Riyad", said Puel. "We need to manage better, and we need also perhaps some others' respect".
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.
"Yeah, I think better", the Frenchman said when asked if Mahrez was back to his normal level.
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Puyel said he expected Leicester fans to give Mahrez a good reception if he plays in the home game against Sheffield United, adding: "I think it was good reception when he came on against Man City". He enjoys playing and training with his team mates.
I think he must continue to work and progress, and find consistency.
The Sky Blues' primary target was Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez, but, as was widely covered in the media in one of the biggest January transfer sagas of all-time, the Chilean in the end opted to join City's fierce rivals Manchester United, after the Red Devils blew the board at the Etihad out of the water with a stunning financial package. "We need to move on, for him he needs to kick on, like the team the most important thing is in front of us".
"They welcomed him with a good feeling, now it's important to move on".
At yesterday's press conference City boss Puel vowed to field a strong side in the FA Cup clash against Chris Wilder's Blades. "We succeeded to keep united within the team".
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