"Yes, I think better", the coach told reporters at a press conference when asked if Mahrez had turned a corner.
"He enjoys to play and to train with his teammates".
Mahrez returned to action for Leicester when he came on as a substitute in the 62nd minute of the 5-1 defeat at Manchester City on Saturday, a day after ending his strike and reporting for training. "The story is behind him, all the players want to move on". "We need to move on, for him he needs to kick on, like the team the most important thing is in front of us".
And Puel is confident Mahrez will not face a backlash from Leicester's fans despite openly wanting to leave the King Power Stadium in January.
According to Tidesports source, Man City's cash-plus-player offer for Mahrez was worth in the region of £65m, falling well below Leicester's valuation of around £95m for the deal. "I think the fans understand the difficulties to manage this period".
"I think we have stayed united. Now it's important to look forward, and put this behind us, with the next games coming up".