Man City accused of showing a lack of respect in Mahrez chase

Man City accused of showing a lack of respect in Mahrez chase

He came off the bench in that 5-1 Premier League defeat but boss Claude Puel is ready to play him from the off against the Sky Bet Championship side after admitting he has returned to the fold "with a smile".

But Manchester City have dismissed Puel's remarks by insisting their director of football, Txiki Begiristain, first made contact with Leicester City a week before deadline day.

"For some other teams, it's not a difficulty to replace their players".

"For me, it's important".

The Algeria worldwide had hoped to move to City on transfer deadline day but the move fell through as Leicester valued Mahrez at £95 million but City were only willing to pay £65m. "I will pick a team to win the game, we want to get as far as we can in the FA Cup, of course". We needed to manage better and we need also perhaps some others' respect. I can't suffer this situation.

Mahrez has been reintegrated into Leicester training and is in contention to start against Sheffield United on Friday night but Puel expressed irritation at City's part in the episode that saw the Algerian absent for 10 days.

Sheffield United have drawn blanks in each of their last four FA Cup matches against Leicester City, including all 1961 semi-final games, with Leicester eventually winning 3-0 in the second replay. "We succeeded to keep united within the team".

And Puel says he has been accepted back with open arms after explaining himself to his team-mates.

He said: "It was important Riyad gave his feeling in the dressing room".

"They welcomed him with a good feeling, now it's important to move on".