Irish Daily Mirror - - SPORT - BY JAMES NURSEY

CLAUDE PUEL has ac­cused Manch­ester City of lack­ing “re­spect” over their pur­suit of Riyad Mahrez.

The Pre­mier League lead­ers waited un­til 48 hours be­fore the close of last month’s trans­fer win­dow to make their move for one of the Foxes’ most im­por­tant play­ers. Mahrez went

AWOL in a bid to push through the trans­fer and Le­ices­ter boss Puel said: “To make so­lic­i­ta­tion just one or two days be­fore the end of the trans­fer win­dow, I don’t know if it is nor­mal.

“We don’t have a lot of play­ers with the same qual­ity as Riyad. For some teams, it is not dif­fi­cult to re­place their play­ers.

“We’re not a squad, like some great teams at the top of the table. We need to man­age bet­ter, and we need also per­haps some re­spect from oth­ers.”

Mahrez failed to show for train­ing just 24 hours be­fore the Foxes’ trip to Ever­ton. He was gone for 10 days in all and the player held clear-the-air talks with team-mates be­fore re­turn­ing to the side for train­ing last Fri­day.

Puel added: “It was im­por­tant for Riyad to keep united with the team.”

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