Leicester City manager Claude Puel says he hopes that the “magnificent” Algerian winger Riyad Mahez “gets his head right” and returns to his squad.
Mahrez, 26, has not been turning up for work since his proposed move to Manchester City collapsed last week.
Speaking at his weekly press conference, Puel would not say whether the club is in contact with the player or if any mediation process is under way to resolve differences.
I hope Riyad can get his head right and come back with us. For him the best way is to come back to enjoy his football. Riyad is a magnificent player.
He loves football and his relationship with his teammates. I think he needs to come back to play, to touch the ball. It’s important.”