Riyad Mahrez releases statement after Leicester training return


"In the second half he scored four goals".

Paper Round's view: Mahrez knew his current club were in negotiations with Manchester City, and put in a transfer request to speed up a deal.

'I think he needs to come back to play, to touch the ball.

Manchester City extended their lead in the English premier league with a ruthless demolition of Leicester City at the Ittihaad Stadium on Saturday. This time it was Sergio Aguero who got a tap in from another wonderful Kevin De Bruyne cross, finding a tiny gap between the Leicester centre halves to find the feet of the Argentinian. Poor form from our closest competitors has left us still just one point from 7th, and four points clear of 9th, but the Foxes need to turn this around.

"Kevin is an wonderful player so it's good that he's playing with us", Aguero told Sky Sports.

His second goal was a reward for his own hard work, closing down Kasper Schmeichel and forcing the keeper into a mistake before Kevin De Bruyne threaded a ideal pass in behind for Aguero to latch onto. City are interested in bringing him to The Etihad in the summer, but they face competition from Manchester United given their poor defensive options.

De Bruyne set up Aguero for numbers two and three, before a howler from Leicester goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel gifted him the 12th Premier League hat-trick of his career.

The Foxes grew into the game and started to look unsafe on the counter attack and this proved dividend for the former champions, as they equalised 1-1, midway through the first half.

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City have lost four of their six Premier League home matches against Leicester.

Guardiola would have liked to rest Kevin De Bruyne and Sergio Aguero, but injuries to David Silva and Gabriel Jesus means he can't rotate too much.

With City thus in complete and utter control of the game it became hard for Leicester to muster any sort of comeback, mainly due to the home side's remarkable ability to keep the ball.

Leicester City needs to work out their situation with Mahrez.

"It was the first time in my life that it had happened, but all of the players were injured believe me".

Raheem Sterling had given City an early lead but Leicester went into the break on level terms thanks to Jamie Vardy's equaliser.

77' - GOAL! Man City 4-1 Leicester City. If he doesn't, he's got a amusing way of showing it, as a four-goal haul showed off his range of finishing once again - a tap-in, a powerful drive, a chip and a long-ranger belter off the bar.

Claude Puel has pleaded with Riyad Mahrez to come back to Leicester but failed to say when that might be.