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Danny Simpson: 'Riyad Mahrez matter is settled'

Simpson: 'Mahrez matter is settled'
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Leicester City defender Danny Simpson insists that the matter of Riyad Mahrez's absence from training is now closed.

Leicester City defender Danny Simpson has revealed that Riyad Mahrez has cleared the air with his teammates and the matter of his prior absence from training is now closed.

The Algeria international trained on Friday having not done so since the Foxes rejected a £60m offer from Manchester City for the player on January transfer deadline day.

Mahrez was subsequently brought on as a substitute by Claude Puel for Leicester in Saturday's 5-1 defeat at the Etihad Stadium in the Premier League.

Although the 26-year-old came under criticism from some fans and pundits during his absence from training, Simpson has claimed that the squad has now drawn a line under the matter.

"He came in and spoke to the lads on our own in the dressing room and that's it, we move on," Simpson told Sky Sports News.

"[On Saturday], in flashes, he has shown why he is a good player and obviously he is back in the team and we are all delighted."

Leicester play Sheffield United in the fifth round of the FA Cup on Friday night before returning to Premier League action against Stoke City on February 24.

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Ilkay Gundogan tussles with Riyad Mahrez during the Premier League game between Manchester City and Leicester City on February 10, 2018
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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Manchester CityMan City97202632323
2Liverpool97201631323
3Chelsea96302071321
4Arsenal970222111121
5Tottenham HotspurSpurs9702167921
6Bournemouth95221612417
7Watford95131312116
8Everton94321512315
9Wolverhampton WanderersWolves943298115
10Manchester UnitedMan Utd94231516-114
11Leicester CityLeicester94051515012
12Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton93241013-311
13Burnley92251017-78
14West Ham UnitedWest Ham9216814-67
15Crystal Palace9216511-67
16Southampton9135614-86
17Cardiff CityCardiff9126819-115
18Fulham91261125-145
19Huddersfield TownHuddersfield9036418-143
20Newcastle UnitedNewcastle9027614-82

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