Date: 23rd February 2018 at 3:18pm
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England striker Jamie Vardy has said everyone at Leicester City have moved on from Riyad Mahrez’s January antics following his failed move to Manchester City.

With a spell away from the club, no training and the missing of games against Everton and Swansea City, he returned as a substitute in February’s defeat to Manchester City and then started the FA Cup win over Sheffield United and all now seems normal once again.

Well, until the summer of course.

Speaking to Sky Sports in the build up to this weekend’s clash with Stoke City, Vardy explained that everything had been put to bed by the players during a meeting that Mahrez himself had called to explain things and clear the air, so everyone is now just focused on ending the campaign on a high.

‘It is what it is. The bid came in, it was turned down, and you can understand his disappointment. But while he wasn’t here we were having to get on with it. We are all professionals and had to play without him. It happens if he is injured or on the bench, so we just focused on the games. He came back, got us in the dressing room, explained the situation, and you move on.’

Vardy went on to say that Mahrez himself called the meeting, but the main focus of everyone in the group is the upcoming games, not other distractions and whilst fans may hold a different view, for the players the situation really in terms of game preparation was no different to a situation where Mahrez would’ve been injured or suspended.

‘Everyone is exactly the same, they know what they have to do and their jobs. It was Riyad who wanted the meeting and got everyone in the dressing room and explained the situation, which is kept behind closed doors between us, and as far as everyone else is concerned that’s that. You have to make sure it’s like that, with the dressing room we have got everyone is a close-knit group so for him personally to want to do that shows what he is about.’

Reflecting on his own goalscoring form at the moment, with goals in the last five straight games, he admitted he’d adapted his game to suit our new gaffer and he felt he was now seeing the benefits of that.

‘We were well known for counter attacking and he has wanted to give us a different aspect of playing to add to the counter-attacking, like keeping possession, a bit slower build-ups, and I have had to adapt to that because at times I have been playing as a lone striker so it’s not just all about balls over the top. I am having to help with the build-up and get involved in different ways.’

He added about Stoke.

‘We know it’s going to be tough. They have changed manager and picked up a few results and they will not be wanting to lose so they will be solid defensively and they have players who can hurt us on the attack, but we know that on our day and playing our football we can beat anyone.’

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