Riyad Mahrez leaves Manchester City for Saudi club Al-Ahli | Foreign football

The exodus in top football to Saudi Arabia continues.

Riyad Mahrez is yet another top footballer to cross over to the Middle East. The Algerian leaves Manchester City after 5 successful years and signs with Al-Ahli for 4 years. He will play together with Roberto Firmino and Edouard Mendy, among others.

Mahrez arrived at Leicester City from Le Havre in January 2014 for just €500,000. He immediately won the second division title and co-wrote the ultimate fairy tale in the 2015/16 season.

Leicester City won against all odds in the Premier League, Mahrez was a star and was voted player of the year. He stayed at Leicester for a few more years before making a dream transfer to Manchester City in 2018.

In Manchester, Mahrez became a strong link in Pep Guardiola’s gears. With City he won the Premier League 4 times and the FA Cup 2 times.

Mahrez was also successful with Algeria, as captain he led his country to the final victory in the 2019 Africa Cup. The best moment for him was the semi-final, when he kicked Algeria to the final with a free kick deep in extra time.

However, the main bird shot Mahrez in June: Manchester City won the Champions League for the first time. However, Mahrez played only 11 minutes since the quarter-finals and did not come off the bench in the final.

The ever-decreasing number of playing minutes got Mahrez thinking and eventually he decided to accept Al-Ahli’s Saudi offer.

2023-07-28 12:18:42
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