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Leicester City goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel: 'We respect Riyad Mahrez ambition'

Schmeichel: 'We respect Mahrez ambition'
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Kasper Schmeichel says that the Leicester City first-team squad "respect" the ambition of Riyad Mahrez after the player failed to complete a move to Manchester City.

Leicester City goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel has acknowledged that he can understand the disappointment of Riyad Mahrez after his failed move to Manchester City.

Mahrez put in a transfer request to try to force through a transfer to the Etihad Stadium but after City refused to meet Leicester's valuation, the Algerian international spent a week away from the training ground.

The playmaker has since returned and has travelled with the Foxes squad for the game at Man City this weekend, and although there have been reports suggesting that Schmeichel and his teammates have been unhappy with Mahrez's conduct, the Dane has hinted that they are accepting of the midfielder's situation.

The 31-year-old told Sky Sports News: "Anyone who knows Riyad will know the ability that he has got, and he'll be bitterly disappointed not to have been able to go to a club where he could potentially win four trophies this year, and I think everybody gets and respects that.

"His reaction to that; that's on him, that's up to him what he chooses to do. For us, we've got a massive game to look forward to now, we have to get back on track, get a win soon, so for us that's got to be our focus.

"I understand that you're disappointed, there's no question. I think everyone knows Riyad has the ability to play at the highest level, so I understand his disappointment, definitely."

In Mahrez's absence, Leicester failed to win either of their Premier League fixtures with Everton and Swansea City.


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Riyad Mahrez clutches the ball during the Premier League game between Leicester City and Brighton & Hove Albion on August 19, 2017
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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Liverpool1714303773045
2Manchester CityMan City17142148103844
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs17130431161539
4Chelsea17114235142137
5Arsenal17104337231434
6Manchester UnitedMan Utd177552929026
7Wolverhampton WanderersWolves177461919025
8Everton176652422224
9West Ham UnitedWest Ham177372525024
10Watford177372325-224
11Bournemouth177282528-323
12Leicester CityLeicester176472121022
13Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton176382024-421
14Newcastle UnitedNewcastle174491422-816
15Crystal Palace1743101423-915
16Cardiff CityCardiff1742111733-1614
17Southampton172691632-1612
18Burnley1733111533-1812
19Huddersfield TownHuddersfield1724111028-1810
20Fulham1723121642-269

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