Leicester City deny Riyad Mahrez has retired after weird Facebook post

Randy Kelley
March 9, 2018

Mahrez has since attempted to engineer a January move to Manchester City, but he was forced to stay after several big money bids were rejected.

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

"As my time as a football player comes to an end I would like to say few words".

"I heard some people saying I hadn't been talking to the club but I was always talking to the club".

Mahrez was absent from training during the final stages of the transfer window.

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

"You always have regrets, but at the time I thought it was the best thing to do".

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

Ahead of tomorrow's clash at midlands rivals West Brom, he said: "I don't want to want to talk about this, because first it will bring more rumours and more talk, and second we are very far away from this transfer window".

"I've been with these team-mates for four years now".

'It was a hard situation, but like I said, we've moved on now, everyone, the club, the chairman, me.

"It was hard, but I spoke with the players, I spoke with the manager, I spoke with everyone and everyone was OK, everyone was good", he said.

Mahrez was coy and diplomatic when posed the question about his summer plans. The club handled it very well.

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

A post appeared on Mahrez's official Facebook page claiming the winger will retire from playing due to injury. They know me very well.

The situation has since been cleared up, with a club spokesperson telling Goal: "It's not a genuine post and we're working with Facebook to have it removed".

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