Cape Town - Leicester boss Claude Puel says Manchester City should have shown his
club more respect in their late bid to sign star forward Riyad Mahrez
The winger was back in the Foxes squad last weekend
against City after a self-imposed 10-day absence from the club following
the breakdown of a proposed move to the Etihad Stadium.
Premier League leaders failed to match Leicester's valuation of the
player, understood to be near the £80 million mark, and
talks collapsed on the final day of the January transfer window, with
Mahrez having submitted a transfer request.
"We had some
solicitation of another club, and to make solicitation just one or two
days before the end of the transfer window, I don't know if it's
normal," said the Leicester boss.
"I cannot suffer this situation
because other teams make this thing against us. It was important to stay
united within the club, the fans, the players.
"We don't have a
lot of players with the same quality like Riyad. For some other teams,
it is not a difficulty to replace their players.
"We're not a
squad like some great teams at the top of the table. We need to manage
better and we need also perhaps some respect from others."
could start Friday's FA Cup fifth-round tie against Sheffield United,
with Puel vowing to pick a strong team against the Championship side.
course it will be a crucial game for us and I will pick a team to win,"
he said. "We want to get as far as we can in the cup and it will be a
strong team, like the last was.
"The game against Sheffield United
will be tough, they are a good team. It is important to respect any
opponent, to see the final you have to play and expect any opponent to
Captain Wes Morgan could make his return from injury.
The central defender has been out since suffering a hamstring problem on
New Year's Day but he may be back in the squad against the Blades.
Okazaki is still struggling with the knee problem that saw him miss the
Premier League trip to Manchester City and the striker will remain on
Kick-off is at 14:30 (SA time).