Puel: City disrespected Leicester in Mahrez chase

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The Sky Blues' primary target was Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez, but, as was widely covered in the media in one of the biggest January transfer sagas of all-time, the Chilean in the end opted to join City's fierce rivals Manchester United, after the Red Devils blew the board at the Etihad out of the water with a stunning financial package.

'I keep in touch with a lot of the players and know a lot of the players and staff so it's a game that I wanted when the draw came along.

"I can not suffer this situation because other teams make this thing against us".

It had looked as though Guardiola and co. had simply admitted defeat in their hunt to bring a new attacker to the club over the week that followed, before links between the Citizens and Leicester City's Riyad Mahrez came to the fore in a major way.

Leicester stood firm in the face of City's interest, though, before Mahrez subsequently went on strike in protest at the blocked transfer.

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"It is important to put an end to the talking about Riyad, he came back to the game at Manchester City. We need to move on, for him he needs to kick on, like the team the most important thing is in front of us". We needed to manage better and we need also perhaps some others' respect.

Leicester City will be desperate to make a statement after being thumped 5-1 by Manchester City last week and the chance to edge closer to the FA Cup final will give the Foxes a great incentive.

"We had some solicitation from another club". I can't suffer this situation. We have stayed united.

Leicester City will be looking to secure their place in the next round of the FA Cup on Friday when Championship side Sheffield United make the 65 mile trip to the King Power Stadium.

And Puel says the Algerian has been accepted back by his team-mates after addressing them about his absence. "The story is behind him, all the players want to move on".

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