Puel, however, laughed off the speculation they are possible transfer targets, saying: "I asked Mahrez and Slimani to watch the game between Chelsea and Arsenal to make a report. They are good scouts!
"There is nothing to say about Riyad or Slimani. I think it's a good thing if there's some noise about them because it shows they are good players and shows the quality of the team.
"The transfer window is a period with speculation. We have to manage this period with calm. At the end of January we will be happy."