Leicester boss Claude Puel has accused Man City of "lacking respect" in the way they went about their business, but Sky Sports News claims that the Foxes never once informed Pep Guardiola's men that Mahrez was not for sale.
"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.
"We don't have a lot of players with the same quality as Riyad. 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 need perhaps some other respect'.
The Algeria global had hoped to move to City on transfer deadline day but the move fell through as Leicester valued Mahrez at £95 million but City were only willing to pay £65m.
Manchester City's Raheem Sterling and Leicester City's Riyad Mahrez. I can't suffer this situation.
Mahrez could start Friday's FA Cup fifth-round tie against Sheffield United, with Puel vowing to pick a strong team against the Championship side.
"He has come back with a smile". The story is behind him, all the players want to move on.
Indeed, the last time Leicester knocked the same opponent out of both domestic cup competitions was against Plymouth in 1964-65, while Sheffield United have never been eliminated in both such cups by the same team before. "We succeeded to keep united within the team".