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Riyad Mahrez speaks out on joining Man City and his exile at Leicester

Leicester City attacker Riyad Mahrez admits he'd like to have joined Manchester City in January.

The Algerian winger says he faced no hostility from his Foxes team-mates after he was denied a switch to the Premier League leaders in January.

And speaking to Sky Sports today he couldn't hide his disappointment at missing out on move to the Etihad Stadium.

"In football players come, players leave, I'm not saying I'm coming or going", he added.

Asked about what would happen when the transfer window opened again in the summer, Mahrez declined to commit his future to the Foxes.

Leicester City have confirmed Riyad Mahrez's Facebook account was hacked after a post emerged announcing his retirement.

Mahrez said he regretted the way he had handled the situation but had thought it was the best thing to do at the time.

"But it is the past and it is behind me".

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"There are always talks between me and the club, everything is good, so we will see in the summer if things come".

But the player has hit back at the assumptions made about his absence, and insists the club were always aware of his whereabouts. "It was a hard situation but we moved on, everyone - the club, players, me".

"It was hard but I spoke to the players, the manager, everyone".

"My mind, focus is on Leicester, that's all I'm focused on".

"To be honest the club handled it very good as well".

On Saturday, Mahrez scored a superb free-kick deep into stoppage time to earn Leicester a 1-1 home draw with Bournemouth.

Leicester ran a feature on Mahrez on their website on Wednesday looking at the impact of the player this season, suggesting the Facebook post was a hoax. "Like I said, we moved on and now it's the past".

"I want to thank everybody for the kindness and support they have shown me in this incredible city".

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