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Leicester City’s Puel advises Slimani, Musa, Mahrez on transfer speculations

3:38 PM IST 27/01/18
Islam Slimani Riyad Mahrez Leicester City
The African trio are on the radar of many European clubs and their gaffer has charged them to remain focused on the team

Leicester City’s manager, Claude Puel has charged his wantaway stars; Islam Slimani, Ahmed Musa and Riyad Mahrez to stay calm and not let the transfer window disturb them.

Slimani who has failed to get a regular playing time at the King Power Stadium has been linked with Monaco, Newcastle, Besiktas and lately Chelsea.

Musa is set for a reunion with his former club, CSKA Moscow on loan till the end before the transfer window closes according to his agent, Tony Harris.

While Mahrez was linked with Arsenal and Liverpool though no former bid has been received for the Algeria international.

And ahead of their fourth-round FA Cup tie with Peterborough United on Saturday afternoon, the French tactician has advised the players not allow the speculations affect them.

“It is, of course, a difficult period and sometimes a player can be disturbed but a lot of players are experienced and they know this period,” Puel told Leicester Mercury.

“For a young player it will be difficult to manage but it is not a problem from my experienced players.

“The transfer window is a period with a lot of speculation.

“It is normal. We have to manage this period with calm and give a good response and give our best for the team.

“If it is not possible then if it is about our player. It is a good thing because it shows there are good players with quality in the squad.

“I think in this moment it is a good period because we are getting good results.”