Claude Puel explains absence of Leicester City's record signing Slimani

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The 29-year-old has not featured in the Foxes' previous five matches and the gaffer has given the reason for his snub

Leicester City Manager Claude Puel has explained why Islam Slimani has not been playing regularly despite costing the King Power Stadium outfit a fortune.

The Algeria international teamed up with the Foxes in August 2016 for a fee of £30 million from Sporting Lisbon.

But the record-signing has only made 12 appearances for the side this season and has not played in the last five games, with Jamie Vardy, Shinji Okazaki and Kelechi Iheanacho all ahead of him in the pecking order.

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And the French tactician has insisted that he does not select his team base on the price tag.

"I don't put my team in place based on the price of the player. We have said before we have a lot of players in the same position and with different profiles but we have [only] one or two places in the team," Puel told Sky Sports.

"We have six possibilities - I understand it is difficult for some players to find good game time and I understand their frustration."

When asked if he has communicated with the player, Puel added: "I spoke with Slim. He worked in training a lot, with a good attitude, positive attitude, which is the most important thing."

Slimani will hope to impress the manager in training enough to get the nod to feature when Leicester welcome Manchester United on Saturday.