Sport Mahrez looking better than ever, says Puel

20:26  14 february  2018
20:26  14 february  2018 Source:   goal.com

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The Leicester City boss says the club have welcomed the Algerian back into their squad and he looks better than ever .

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riyadmahrez - cropped: Riyad Mahrez returns to action for Leicester City © Provided by Goal Riyad Mahrez returns to action for Leicester City

Riyad Mahrez has found a new level since ending his Leicester City exile, according to manager Claude Puel.

Mahrez was heavily linked with a deadline-day switch to Manchester City after an impressive start to the 2017-18 campaign, scoring eight and creating seven in the Premier League.

The reported £60 million deal was rebuffed by the Foxes, a decision that saw Mahrez miss a number of training sessions and two league matches.

He eventually returned to the squad for Leicester's trip to Manchester City on Saturday, a game Puel's men lost 5-1, with Mahrez coming off the bench after 62 minutes.

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Claude Puel says Leicester City have welcomed Riyad Mahrez back into their squad and the Algerian looks better than ever .

Manchester City the best team in world football, says Barton.

He could make his first start since January 20 in the FA Cup against Sheffield United this weekend, with Puel saying the 26-year-old looks better than ever.

"Yeah, I think better," the Frenchman said when asked if Mahrez was back to his normal level.

"He enjoys playing and training with his team-mates. He is at a good level and without problems.

"I think it is important now to put an end to the talking about Riyad. He has come back, he came in against Manchester City. Now we need to move on and for him, he has to kick on.

"The most important thing now is the future."

And Puel is confident Mahrez will not face a backlash from Leicester's fans despite openly wanting to leave the King Power Stadium in January.

"I think it was good reception when he came on against Man City," Puel added. "I think the fans understand the difficulties to manage this period.

"We have stayed united. It is important now, together, to look forward."

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