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Let me go, pleads Leicester City's Riyad Mahrez

08 February 2018, 12:16 | Stacy Ballard

Riyad Mahrez has submitted two transfer requests in the past seven months but remains at Leicester City. Matthew Childs Reuters

Riyad Mahrez has submitted two transfer requests in the past seven months but remains at Leicester City. Matthew Childs  Reuters

The winger has not turned up for training in the past week after he was said to have felt "depressed" that Leicester priced him out of a move to Manchester City on deadline day.

The Algerian winger was the subject of a £60m offer from the Premier League leaders last week, but the bidders walked away when it became clear that Leicester would not budge from an asking price of over £80m.

The 2016 Premier League title victor and PFA Player of the Year has not been at training since seeing an exit path blocked, and he now faces the threat of Leicester stopping payments of his reported £100,000-a-week salary.

"The idea that this is a cultural thing, that he's a footballer and it's of human interest - we all have to deal with adversity, we all have to deal with situations where we can't get what we want".

"We are ready to act if we are called in", Taylor told The Independent. "At the moment that's not the situation and in the past we have resolved such situations".

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Riyad Mahrez and Leicester should aim to resolve their dispute "as soon as possible", says players' union chief Gordon Taylor.

The issue needs to be addressed sooner rather than later, though, with the current stand-off doing nobody any favours.

"A player not getting what he wanted and downing tools is fundamentally and irrevocably wrong", Jordan said to Taylor.

"I'm not saying it's a culture which can be embraced but it's reality, it's what happens". He played 20 times in all competitions for the French second division club.

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