Leicester City transfer news live: Mahrez latest as managers and team-mate react

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Diabate in Crooks’ team of the week

A first Premier League start for Fousseni Diabate and he’s made a first appearance in Garth Crooks’ team of the week (on the left wing in a 3-4-3 formation).

But of course, Crooks uses Diabate’s exciting display to talk about Riyad Mahrez…

“Leicester City may have found a new Riyad Mahrez, which is just as well because I cannot see the Algeria winger playing for them again,” said Crooks.

“Fousseni Diabate’s performance at Peterborough in the FA Cup was impressive – but that was Peterborough. Against a rejuvenated Swansea, he showed the same courage and mental strength Mahrez showed during the Foxes’ title-winning season.

“There is nothing more exciting than seeing a player taking defenders on and Diabate does it for fun.

“How tragic then that Leicester’s love affair with Mahrez has come to such a dramatic impasse. With a little bit of common sense, everyone would have won. Mahrez gets his move to Manchester City, Manchester City get the player and Leicester get a vast sum of money well in excess of what they paid for him.

“Now they have a distraction that will dominate their every press conference until it is resolved. Well done, Leicester.”

Fousseni Diabate against Swansea City (Photo by Plumb Images/Leicester City FC via Getty Images)
Fousseni Diabate against Swansea City (Photo by Plumb Images/Leicester City FC via Getty Images)



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