Leicester City manager Claude Puel hopes Riyad Mahrez can clear his head

"He's outgrown Leicester, he's too good for Leicester", Murphy concluded, adding that he believed Mahrez is a Champions League player.

"It's a situation we need to manage but the rest of it will stay inside the club".

Leicester City boss Claude Puel has revealed that the Foxes are continuing to assess the ongoing situation involving Riyad Mahrez. Mahrez "was the subject of multiple offers from the Premier League leaders", says the news website, "with the last of those understood to be a player-plus-cash offer worth an estimated £65m".

The Algeria global handed in a transfer request in a bid to force through a transfer, sources said, and he was left out of the squad for Wednesday's defeat at Everton.

Mahrez has been missing for four days, including Wednesday night's 2-1 defeat at Everton with sources close to him claiming he's 'depressed'.

Puel refused to confirm whether he'd spoken to the player but said the decision not to consider him for the Swansea clash had been taken in the best interests of everyone.

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"I hope for Riyad that he can clear his head and come back with us because he's a big player".

"I have a good relationship with Riyad and now we have to manage this situation as professionals".

Puel insists it is only a matter of time before Mahrez, who still has two-and-a-half years left on his contract at the King Power Stadium, returns to training and begins to "enjoy his football" again.

"He is crucial in our play and with his place in this squad and with his team-mates and it is important that we stay united". We have to move forward and to have focus on the football. We will reassess Riyad when he clears his head.

Mahrez's continued absence means Puel will have an unchanged squad against Swansea.