Riyad Mahrez To Resume Leicester City Training

Riyad Mahrez has not featured for Leicester since his goal in the 2-0 win over Watford

Riyad Mahrez will resume training on Friday and has made himself available for Leicester’s game at Manchester City on Saturday.

The Algeria international has not been seen in the training ground after his proposed move to Manchester City fell through during the January transfer window.

Leicester manager Claude Puel said in his pre-match news conference on Thursday that Mahrez would miss the Sky Live game at the Etihad, although the situation since appears to have moved on.

“I think Riyad will be not available for the Saturday game against Manchester City,” said Puel.

“I hope he can get his head right and come back with us and work hard. The best way is to come back and enjoy his football.”

Puel has been keen to leave the way open for a return to first-team action for Mahrez, although it remains to be seen whether he will earn a place in Saturday’s matchday squad.

Mahrez last played for the Foxes in the 2-0 win over Watford on January 20 and scored the second goal in stoppage-time.

He was an unused substitute the following week in the 5-1 FA Cup victory at Peterborough but was omitted from the matchday squad for the 2-1 defeat at Everton in the Premier League and the 1-1 home draw with Swansea.

Riyad Mahrez To Miss Clash With Manchester City On Saturday

Riyad Mahrez will  miss a third game for Leicester when Claude Puel’s side goes away to visit Manchester City.

The Algerian after a failed transfer has not been seen in training and was also not around yesterday. It was stated that he might not be around for the rest of the week.

Puel is training for the match at the Etihad without Mahrez in mind and that might actually run for sometime till the 26-year-old has a change of heart and turns up at Belvoir Drive. The Frenchman usually has his side finalised 48 hours in advance of a game.

Mahrez has now missed two Premier League matches and four training sessions in trying to force a transfer to City and then becoming disillusioned with its collapse.

City offered a deal worth £65million but Leicester wanted upwards of £80m and had little time to find and finance a replacement. It is possible Pep Guardiola will sanction a sumer bid but it is far from assured, while the prospect of Mahrez playing in front of City’s manager this weekend now appears extremely remote.

Leicester officials are attempting to mediate for a return but the former PFA Player of the Year is said to be in a fragile state of mind and the situation is being handled delicately. It is believed the club’s hierarchy may have granted Mahrez time away following deadline day. The PFA have offered their assistance.

City offered a deal worth £65million but Leicester wanted upwards of £80m in JanuaryThe matter is becoming unsettling for the club, and there is no guarantee Mahrez will return for the FA Cup tie against Sheffield United a week on Friday. The rest of Leicester’s squad returned to training yesterday morning having been given Monday off following the 1-1 draw with Swansea.

Puel was unable to pick Mahrez for that game at the King Power Stadium, as well as the deadline day trip to Everton, and the Leicester manager gave an indication of the depth of feeling by admitting he did not know when the winger would be back.

‘I expect nothing,’ said Puel on Saturday. ‘The most important thing is not to think about one player but to think about my team and my squad.’

 

 

 

 

Riyad Mahrez wins 2016 African Player of the Year Award

Riyad Mahrez of Algeria and Leicester City polled 361 votes to win the 2016 African Player of the Year Award.
Ugandan goalie, Denis Onyango won the African Player of the Year – Based in Africa 2016, at the event held at the International Conference Centre in Abuja, Nigeria.
Mahrez, 25, becomes the first Algerian and the maiden North African to win the prestigious individual honour in African football since its inception by the Confederation Africaine de Football (CAF) in 1992.
The play-maker played an influential role in the historic Premier League title triumph by English club, Leicester City, last season and Algeria’s qualification to the Total Africa Cup of Nations Gabon 2017.
He dethroned last year’s winner, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Gabon who garnered 313 votes, whilst Senegalese forward, Sadio Mane placed a distant third with 186 votes.
The winner was decided by votes from the Head Coaches or Technical Directors of the National Associations affiliated to CAF, members of the CAF Media Committee, members of the CAF Technical and Development Committee and a 20-member panel of experts.
For the African Player of the Year – Based in Africa, Onyango also wrote his name in African football folklore, by becoming the first goalkeeper to scoop the award designed to reward players who ply their trade on the continent.
The 31-year old, whose exploits in the posts was critical to Uganda’s qualification to the Africa Cup of Nations for the first time after a 39-year hiatus, and also starred in Mamelodi Sundowns’ conquest of Africa last year tallied 252 votes, 24 more than his club-mate, Khama Billiat of Zimbabwe. Zambian Rainford Kalaba finished third with 206 votes.
He beat 2015 winner Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Gabon and Borrusia Dortmund who had 313 votes in second place, and Sadio Mane of Senegal and Liverpool who was third with 186 votes.
Dennis Onyango of Mamelodi Sundowns and Uganda won the 2016 African Player of the Year (Based in Africa) Award.
In second place was Khama Billiat of Mamelodi Sundowns and Zimbabwe, while Rainford Kalaba of TP Mazembe and Zambia came third.
Uganda won the 2016 National Team of the Year Award by beating Senegal and DR Congo, while Mamelodi Sundowns of South Africa won the 2016 Club of the Year Award.
The 2016 African club champions beat TP Mazembe of DR Congo and Zesco United of Zambia to the award.
The CAF Champions League winners’ coach, Pitso Mosimane, won the 2016 Coach of the Year Award, while Bakary Gassama of The Gambia won the 2016 Referee of the Year Award.

Laurent Pokou of Cote D’Ivoire won the 2016 African Football Legend Award, while the Football Leader of the Year Award went to Manuel Nascimento, the President of Guinea Bissau Football Federation.
NAN reports that Pokou who died last November was posthumously inducted together with Cameroonian Emilienne Mbango, one of the pioneers of women football on the continent.
While no Nigerian player made it to the final shortlist of three in the African Player of the Year Award category, Super Falcons forward Asisat Oshoala made the day for Nigerians.
Oshoala won the 2016 Women’s Player of the Year Award to cap an exciting year when she won the top scorer award at the Women’s AFCON in Cameroon.
The Arsenal Ladies FC player scored six goals in helping Nigeria to the African title, their eighth title from the competition’s past 10 editions.
She beat Elizabeth Addo of Kvarnsvedensik and Black Queens of Ghana, and Gabrielle Onguene of Rossyanka and Indomitable Lionesses of Cameroon, to the award.
Her team, the Super Falcons, picked the 2016 Women’s National Team of the Year Award, beating Cameroon and South Africa in the process.
Arsenal FC and Super Eagles forward Alex Iwobi also won the 2016 Youth Player of the Year Award, while Kelechi Iheanacho joined in making it a glorious night for Nigeria.
The Manchester City and Super Eagles forward won the 2016 Most Promising Talent of the Year Award.
Both Iwobi and Iheanacho also made it to the substitutes, bench in the Africa Finest XI team, which had 11 starting players and seven substitutes.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Awards organisers, the Confederation of African Football (CAF), also honoured President Muhammadu Buhari with the CAF 2016 Platinum Award.

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Leicester To Offer Mahrez New And Improved Deal

Leicester City are set to offer Riyad Mahrez a new and improved deal in an attempt to keep him at the club.

According to Telegraph Sport, Mahrez is ready to commit his future to the club with the Foxes ensured of UEFA Champions League football next season.

Mahrez has been integral to the clubs success this season with Leicester on the brink of winning their first Premier League title.

The 25-year-old, who was named the PFA Player of the Year, has scored 17 goals – assisting a further 11 in 35 league games this season.

Telegraph Sport report that the club are prepared to off the Algeria international around £75,000 a week, a salary that will make him one of the top earners at the club alongside Jamie Vardy.

Negotiations with the players agent is set to start in the next few weeks, with Leicester confident they can keep their star player at the King Power Stadium.

Mahrez has attracted interest from Arsenal, Barcelona, Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain among others.

Riyad Mahrez Becomes First African Player To Win PFA Player Of The Year Award

Riyad Mahrez was on Sunday named the Professional Footballer Association (PFA) Player of the Year for an outstanding breakthrough season with Leicester City.

The 25-year-old scored 17 goals – assisting a further 11 – as the Foxes close in on an historic Barclays Premier League title.

Mahrez is the first African footballer to win the award. Past winners include Eden Hazard, Luis Suarez, Cristiano Ronaldo and Thierry Henry among others.

The Algeria international, who is also the first player from Leicester City to scoop the accolade, believes his teammates deserve all the plaudits:

“All the credit is for them, seriously,” Mahrez said. “And my manager and the staff. Without them I wouldn’t receive this award and I wouldn’t score. It’s the team spirit. I want to dedicate it to them.

“I’m very grateful to receive this award, it’s a pleasure. It’s extra special because, if the players vote for me, it’s because they’ve seen I’ve been great this year so I’m happy.”

Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Dele Alli was named the PFA Young Player of the Year.

The England international ,of Nigerian descent, has scored 10 goals for Spurs this season.

Alli and Mahrez were joined by N’Golo Kante in the PFA Team of the Year with eight of the 11 plying their trade for either Tottenham or Leicester.

Team of the Year: De Gea; Rose, Alderweireld, Morgan, Bellerin – Payet, Kante, Alli, Mahrez – Kane, Vardy