Danny Murphy says Mahrez has outgrown Leicester

Leicester will be without Riyad Mahrez when they host Swansea in the Premier League game this afternoon.

"He's outgrown Leicester, he's too good for Leicester", Murphy concluded, adding that he believed Mahrez is a Champions League player. Besides, the winger has had a smashing season so far, having scored 8 goals and registered 7 assists from 24 appearances in the league and is unarguably one of the hottest properties in the game. I know a few of the lads already and they spoke very highly of the club.

Obviously, that didn't go down well with Mahrez, who claims to have been promised a smooth exit from the King Power Stadium.

A second Leicester goal seemed more likely than a Swansea comeback throughout the first half and the South Wales side survived a real scare after half an hour.

Almost two years have passed since Mahrez helped the Foxes win the Premier League title and so you can understand why he's so upset. However, it's plainly obvious that neither City nor Guardiola actually needed him.

City tried to sign Mahrez after Leroy Sane was ruled out for up to seven weeks because of injury. A gilded stopgap, if you will.

Just a minute later and Leicester had the ball in the net again, through Wilfred Ndidi - but it was correctly ruled out after an offside call, despite some confusion between the officials. If the deal was around £75 million we might have seen more willingness from Leicester.

And so Man City move on.

And, although the French tactician acknowledged the disappointment of the former Le Havre player, he is optimistic that his teammates and the members of staff will help him overcome the frustration.

In the 30th minute, the hosts thought they had doubled their lead after Iheanacho played a quick one-two with a marauding Ndidi, whom after scoring had his goal ruled out for offside by referee Anthony Taylor.

New signing Andy King will not be eligible to make his debut at the weekend as he can not play against his former club.

  • Stacy Allen