Mills spotted and helped sign Mahrez for Leicester.
He recalled to The Sun: "To go from where they were to where they are now is inspirational.
“I was delegated to head to Le Havre to watch Mahrez and it was immediately apparent he had lots of potential.
“When I reported back to my boss, Steve Walsh, and the scouting team, I told them he'd be ideal — with caveats.
“I remember saying he's a good attacking player but the full-back won't get much assistance from him.
“Unless we could put up with his defensive shortcomings, he might not be one for us.
“But, then again, at €400,000 it was a no-brainer.
“There are always doubts but it was case of having to live with his deficiencies.
"In the end, as a department, we recommended to the manager, Nigel Pearson, that we should take him on that basis."
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