Mahrez reflects on Leicester stint; claims club made it difficult for him to leave
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Mahrez reflects on Leicester stint; claims club made it difficult for him to leave

Manchester City Riyad Mahrez has reflected on his stint at Leicester City ahead of their faceoff on Sunday.

Mahrez left Leicester for City in 2018 but still holds the club close to his heart describing them as the team as very special.

"Leicester gave me everything, and obviously it's because of them that I am where I am now, and what I achieved. It's part of my career, and I cannot thank them enough. Vichai (Srivaddhanaprabha) was very special to me. When I see Leicester I still see him. Very important club and very important people in my heart," the player told Sky Sports.

The player, however, didn’t please everyone when he left Leicester for City and was jeered by a section of fans on his first return to the King Power, something he fails to understand.

"I didn't understand why the fans booed me when I played there a year later with City. I was surprised to be fair. It was tough to go out of Leicester, but you cannot take away the things we did for the club, if the club is here now, it's because of us, all these players who won the league.

"When you go there with another team, and the fans boo you, you are a bit disappointed. It's just a few people, I know most of them are grateful for what we've done for the club, so it's fine.

"I wanted to leave very well, but the club didn't want to let me go nicely. They wanted to send me for too much (money), and at the end, if it was difficult to leave it wasn't my fault. But I don't think it's easy to leave from Leicester when you see the prices that players leave for; after me, it was Maguire, after that it was Chilwell, no small prices! At the end it is a business, they have to try to sell the players for as much as they can.

"People might think he forced to leave, I didn't force, I just wanted to leave and it was difficult. That's the explanation of this," he added.

Mahrez was PFA Player of the Year in Leicester's 2015/16 title-winning season this coming after he joined them in 2014 from Le Havre.

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