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Riyad Mahrez | Midfielder | #26

Team: Leicester City
Age / DOB:  (27) / 2/21/1991
Ht / Wt:  5'10" / 148

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Riyad Mahrez, who fell out of favor after a botched attempted move late last month to Manchester City, returned to Leicester City's starting XI today but it was not enough to beat Stoke at home as they needed some help to earn a 1-1 draw.
Mahrez was kept out of the XI for the last three league games, but all water appears under the bridge now, as the former Player of the Year returned to his starting role. He was the only player that looked to offer much of any threat for much of the first half but it would be Stoke that would take the lead just before the break. It was a scrappy affair for much of the afternoon, the kind which looked good for the Potters to pull off the upset, but the Foxes caught a break. In the 70th minute, Marc Albrighton, who had shifted to right back moments earlier, swung a cross in that the Stoke keeper redirected in for an own goal. For the final 20 minutes, the momentum shifted and it was all Leicester. However, they could not find a winner despite several big chances. Two times, the ball hit the post, once from a Mahrez shot, the other from Harry Maguire, who was following up on a another Mahrez attempt. The point moves Leicester up to seventh in the table for the time being. Feb 24 - 9:42 AM
Source: NBC Sports

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Riyad Mahrez is expected to be in the squad to face Manchester City on Saturday after a turbulent week.

On Thursday, Leicester City manager Claude Puel ruled Mahrez out for the weekend trip to Manchester City as the Algerian had yet to train since Deadline Day when a proposed move to the league leaders never took off. But as of Friday, Mahrez had returned to training and was in the traveling squad to Manchester for Saturday."My goals have always been the same and I have always given my full 100 per cent when I play for the club, the fans, and my team-mates," Mahrez said in a statement. "Those goals remain the same today and in the future and, when I am asked to be a part of the Leicester team, rest assured I will continue to give my all."
Source: Sky Sports
Feb 9 - 2:49 PM

Leicester City will be without star midfielder Riyad Mahrez for the club's trip to Manchester City, manager Claude Puel announced.

The 2015/16 EPL Player of the Year has not played in the last two Premier League games and has not trained with the side since a proposed move to Manchester City failed to materialize after Mahrez handed in his transfer request. "I think it is important to look forward...I think it is important in this difficult time to keep all players, and club, united, to continue the hard work on the pitch. The best way is to come back and enjoy his football. I hope Riyad can get his head right and comes back with us."
Source: BBC Sport
Feb 8 - 3:18 PM

Riyad Mahrez's availability for Saturday's match against Manchester City is in doubt following the winger's continued absence from training.

The Algeria international has missed the Foxes' last two matches and did not attend training at Belvoir Drive after manager Claude Puel gave his side Monday off. This marked the fourth time Mahrez has missed training since his failed transfer to Manchester City on Deadline Day. The Professional Footballers' Association offered to mediate between the player and club last week, but neither party has yet to take up the offer from the players' union. Fousseni Diabate and Demarai Gray are expected to see more playing time for the duration of Mahrez's absence.
Source: Sky Sports
Feb 7 - 10:35 AM

Claude Puel confirmed at his Friday press conference that Riyad Mahrez will not play against Swansea City on Saturday.

The wantaway winger failed to turn up at training on Thursday or Friday after he failed to secure a move to Manchester City on Deadline Day and has been left out of the squad for the visit of Swansea. While Mahrez's future at the King Power Stadium is clouded by uncertainty, Puel says the club will assess the Algeria international once he has cleared his mind. "It is time to talk to Riyad, we have a good relationship and we need to manage the situation," said Puel. "Riyad is not available for this game. All I can say about the situation is that this is the best decision for Leicester, in the best interests of Leicester. It is also the best decision for Riyad." Look for Demarai Gray to continue in the starting XI while the Mahrez situation is sorted out.
Source: ESPN FC
Feb 2 - 3:49 PM

Riyad Mahrez and Marc Albrighton starred as Leicester City beat Huddersfield Town 3-0 at the King Power Stadium.

It was a largely uneventful first half with Leicester controlling possession but creating little chances of note though credit to Huddersfield for pegging the Foxes back. Leicester suffered a setback too when they lost Wes Morgan to injury before the half hour mark. Leicester took the lead early in the second half through Mahrez. Huddersfield made a mess of clearing a long throw into the box from Fuchs, with Albrighton getting the ball to the Algerian who finished first time. Okazaki had a goal disallowed before Islam Slimani made it two, chipping Lossl after his international teammate Mahrez played him through. Albrighton made it three in injury time to round off a good performance, meeting a cross unmarked at the back post.
Source: BBC Sport
Jan 1 - 12:07 PM

Riyad Mahrez continued his strong form but it his headed goal wasn't enough as the Foxes dropped a 2-1 Boxing Day decision to Watford.

The Algerian international has had a strong bounce back season after missing out on a summer move. His headed goal from a Marc Albrighton cross put the Foxes ahead but they couldn't keep the lead as Watford responded through Molla Wague and a Kasper Schmeichel own goal.
Source: Espnfc.com
Tue, Dec 26, 2017 12:06:00 PM

Leicester City continued their resurgence under manager Claude Puel with a 2-1 home victory against Tottenham on Tuesday night.

Leicester started on the front foot and led after 13 minutes when Marc Albrighton clipped a pass through to Vardy to finish with a superb first-time volley, lobbing the ball over the head of Hugo Lloris. Spurs answered, but Kasper Schmeichel did well to deny Moussa Sissoko and later Dele Alli with a half an hour gone. Mahrez doubled the lead in first-half stoppage time when the former PFA Player of the Year collected the ball on the right, cut onto his left and curled a pinpoint effort into the far top corner from the edge of the area. Tottenham pulled one back through Harry Kane on 79 minutes, but the Foxes dug deep to see off the late push. The result sees Leicester rise to ninth in the table.
Source: NBC Sports
Tue, Nov 28, 2017 05:48:00 PM

Claude Puel maintained his unbeaten start as Leicester City boss with a 2-2 draw at Stoke City on Saturday.

Vicente Iborra, who limped off with an ankle injury in the second half, poked home after a partially-cleared corner for his first Leicester goal. Playing with a license to roam in the final third, Mahrez produced another brilliant performance and cut in from the left to deliver the second in the 60th minute. The former PFA Player of the Year has scored two goal and provided two assists in his last four games. Elsewhere, Demarai Gray looked strong on his second straight start and Kasper Schmeichel produced five saves, including one at the death to ensure a point. Although the match ended level, the Foxes appear to have found a recipe for successful with Puel at the helm. They enter the international break in 12th place on 13 points, having scored two goals in each of their last two matches.
Source: NBC Sports
Sat, Nov 4, 2017 01:45:00 PM

Leicester City broke its six-match Premier League winless streak with a 2-1 win against Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium.

If manager Craig Shakespeare's firing was meant to serve as a wake-up call, it certainly showed with Leicester City looking inspired in its first match without the manager. The scoring began in the 25th minute after Riyad Mahrez's sharp cross into the box was directed into the back of the net by Federico Fernandez for an own goal. Soon after the start of the second half, it was Mahrez again who was able to set up the goal after finding Shinji Okazaki to double the club's lead, which held despite a goal from Alfie Mawson 10 minutes later.
Source: NBC Sports
Sat, Oct 21, 2017 12:18:00 PM

Riyad Mahrez came back from a weekend out of the starting line-up with a goal that saved a point at home for Craig Shakespeare's side.

After earning plaudits for his August efforts in the face of transfer rumors, Riyad Mahrez's impact waned through September eventually earning him a place on the bench in Week 7. Craig Shakespeare restored Mahrez to the starting line-up after the international break and he was rewarded with a much-needed equalizer from the Algerian international. It could have been two as Mahrez blazed a solid opportunity high in the early minutes of the second half with the match still scoreless. He eventually came good and repaid his manager's renewed faith with a vital point.
Source: espnfc.com
Mon, Oct 16, 2017 04:53:00 PM

While Riyad Mahrez was given permission by Algeria to leave the national team's camp in order to "formalize his transfer to his new club", Leicester City have reported no new bids for the 2016 PFA Player of the Year.

Mahrez has voiced his desire to leave the King Power Stadium and, earlier today, the Algerian Football Federation announced that the winger was given permission to leave the Algeria squad and return to Europe to finalize a move. However, according to Leicester, the club has received no new bids for the 2016 PFA Player of the Year, aside from the £31.8m offer they rejected from Roma earlier this month. A statement on www.faf.dz read: "Leicester City's Algerian international Riyad Mahrez, who is currently with the national team in Sidi Moussa to prepare for the double confrontation against Zambia for the 2018 World Cup qualifiers, was authorised by the national coach Lucas Alcaraz and the Algerian Football Federation to make an express trip to Europe to formalise on Thursday his transfer to his new club." Thus far, Mahrez has been linked with Barcelona, Arsenal, Chelsea, Tottenham and Manchester United.
Source: Sky Sports
Thu, Aug 31, 2017 01:24:00 PM

Riyad Mahrez struck seven minutes from time as Leicester City picked up a 1-0 friendly victory over Luton Town on Wednesday.

Craig Shakespeare handed 20 players match time as Leicester City dominated their first of three friendlies this week, attempting 18 shots and controlling 59 per cent of possession. Among those in action only two played the full 90 minutes, with Edlin Jakupovic making his first pre-season start and Ahmed Musa providing the assist on Riyad Mahrez's 83rd-minute strike. Musa, crisp on the left wing throughout the fixture, did well in the left channel to pull Luton goalkeeper James Shea off his line before feeding Mahrez, who took a touch before powering the ball past Shea. The Foxes will have four days before their next friendly, a trip to MK Dons on Friday, followed by another away fixture at Wolverhampton on Sunday.
Wed, Jul 26, 2017 09:00:00 PM

Leicester City manager Craig Shakespeare has said the club have not received any bids for Riyad Mahrez, despite reports that AS Roma have already seen an approach rejected.

The Leicester Mercury claim Roma are plotting a second swoop (€30m) for the former PFA Player of the Year having failed with an initial bid (€23m) last week. However, speaking at press conference in Hong Kong ahead of the Premier League Asia Trophy, Shakespeare said no official offers had been received for Mahrez. "Riyad stated his position very clearly," the Leicester boss said. "Mine is really simple: while he is here - and we haven't had any bids, it's all been speculation - he has to be committed to the club." While the same report claimed Mahrez was willing to take a wage cut in order to secure a move, Shakespeare added: "And I have to say, in the two weeks he's been back he's been totally committed and really trained well. Outgoings are inevitable at any football club but until there's a bid for your player there's no decision to be made."
Tue, Jul 18, 2017 10:16:00 AM

Reports claim Riyad Mahrez is willing to take a pay cut to join Roma with the Serie A club set to launch an improved bid for the Leicester City winger.

Roma have already had a bid of of €23 million rejected for Mahrez but remain keen and are expected to table a second bid, believed to be in the region of €30-35 million, for the Algerian international. Currently on £100,000 a week at Leicester, reports say Mahrez has already agreed to personal terms with Roma and is ready to accept a deal closer to £60,000 a week as the Italian club can offer him Champions League football. However, the Foxes are expected to hold firm on their £50 million valuation of the former PFA Player of the Year having already paid big fees for Vicente Iborra and Harry Maguire this summer.
Mon, Jul 17, 2017 05:47:00 PM