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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 and Jamie Vardy looked as locked in as they were in their title-winning season, linking up for three of Leicester's four goals, but it was not enough as they lost a wild contest to Tottenham, 5-4.
Just your typical nine goal affair to wrap up the season. One could argue that Leicester had pretty much settling in on the beach weeks ago but they were certainly up for it today, particularly Mahrez, was doing all the things that led to his Player of the Year Season. It took less than four minutes for him to pick out Vardy, as his free kick found his teammate's head for the opener. Spurs would equalize quickly but Mahrez was at it again, this time scoring after a deflected ball fell perfectly to him. It then looked like the Foxed were in control as Kelechi Iheanacho scored two minutes into the second half to give them a 1-3 lead. Spurs would roar back to take the lead though with three unanswered goals. Not to be outdone, Jamie Vardy scored his second of the day, and 20th of the season, once again cued up by Mahrez. Leicester are certainly a handful when their two stars are on the same page. May 13 - 12:33 PM
Source: NBC Sports

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Riyad Mahrez says he has withdrawn his transfer request from Leicester City, but admits he doesn't know what the future holds for him.

Mahrez, under contract until June 2020, has been subject of a transfer saga since stating his desire to leave Leicester at the end of last season. Following the announcement, Roma had a bid rejected for his services in the summer. In January, Mahrez tried to force a move to Manchester City and went absence for 10 days after the deal fell through. Speaking to Sky Sports, the Algeria international revealed he has taken back his official request to leave the club, but doesn't know where he will play next season. "It has gone. It was in January, it's another transfer window. I am still here - I don't want to put a lot of things in my head." The former PFA Player of the Year has scored 10 goals and provided nine assists in 33 appearances this season.
Source: Sky Sports
May 4 - 9:50 AM

Riyad Mahrez could miss Algeria's friendly against Tanzania with a minor injury.

Mahrez completed the full 120 minutes during Leicester City's 2-1 defeat to Chelsea in the FA Cup on Sunday. However, Algeria boss Rahab Madjer confirmed the winger is being monitored after arriving on international duty with a small muscle problem. "I sent Yacine Brahimi and Mahrez to the infirmary [Algeria medical team]," Madjer told Algerian publication Competition. "We’re monitoring them closely. They have a few niggles." Mahrez missed training on Tuesday and is considered a doubt for the match against Tanzania on Thursday, but Madjer added the 27-year-old could recover in time for their match against Iran next Tuesday. Mahrez's injury isn't believed to be serious and he should be fit for Leicester's trip to Brighton on March 31.
Mar 21 - 3:18 PM

After falling behind early, Leicester was able to pull out the 4-1 win over West Brom at the Hawthorns.

After Salamon Rondon drew first blood, the Foxes responded in a big way pressuring West Brom. It took until the 21st minute for Leicester to draw level but Jamie Vardy broke his goal drought with a sublime volley following a long ball from Mahrez. Leicester's talisman Mahrez scores for the second consecutive match after the introduction of Kelechi Iheanacho changed the tide. Iheanacho scooped a ball over the defense and Mahrez didn't miss in the 62nd minute to give Leicester a lead that they wouldn't look back from. The result was put out of reach in the 76th minute as Iheanacho showed that he was the right substitution firing home Ben Chilwell's cross. In garbage time, even Vicente Iborra was able to find the net with a header firing hom Marc Albrighton's cross.
Mar 10 - 11:59 AM

Leicester City secured a 1-1 draw against Bournemouth courtesy of a brilliant Riyad Mahrez free-kick deep into stoppage time.

In a spirited affair, Bournemouth took the lead on 35 minutes when Josh King converted from the penalty spot after being brought down by Mark Albrighton. Trailing 1-0 after the restart, Claude Puel's side responded with a dominate second-half performance. Mahrez was at the forefront, causing havoc for the Cherries defense as he linked well with Jamie Vardy and provided quality service from set-pieces. The Foxes constant pressure was eventually rewarded with virtually the last kick of the match, as Mahrez bent a 25-yard free-kick around the wall and into the bottom corner of the net. The point keeps Leicester in eighth place.
Source: NBC Sports
Mar 3 - 1:02 PM

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.
Source: NBC Sports
Feb 24 - 9:42 AM

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.
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