10 March, 2018
The controversy led to Mahrez being absent from Leicester's training ground for a number of days, but the playmaker finally returned to Premier League action in February, before going on to score a vital equaliser for the Foxes against Bournemouth.
The Algerian scored a sumptuous free-kick last week to earn his side a vital point against AFC Bournemouth at the 97th minute before he ran in jubilation to celebrate with the staff and his teammates.
Mahrez is under contract at Leicester until summer 2020 but did not commit to staying at the club after the end of the season.
He said: "I was away from here because I needed some time to think".
"I had to try to understand the player, avoid confrontation".
"I heard some people saying I hadn't been talking to the club but I was always talking to the club".
Manager Claude Puel was similarly reticent when asked about Mahrez's future, adding that "it's not a good thing to speak about at this moment". It was a hard situation but we've moved on now - everyone, the club, the team, me. "After, we will see in the summer".More news: 'It didn't happen': Cuban denies 2011 sexual assault allegation
"We had some discussion and we moved on". Riyad is very honest and wouldn't get up to mischief.
"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. "Now it's the past, it's behind me".
"Manchester City is a good move for everyone but it is the past". I don't really want to talk about this because it's in the past.
Mahrez did admit, though, that he regretted his handling of the situation. "You'll always have regrets but at that time I thought it was the best thing to do".
Off The Ball has contacted Leicester City for comment and are awaiting the club's response. The club handled it very well.
It was only a matter of time following his failed transfer to Manchester City that other clubs would come knocking again, and Corriere dello Sport firmly believe the Italians want him again. "We had some discussions and we moved on".