Riyad Mahrez: Winger completes £30m Al Ahli move from Man City after five years at Etihad Stadium

Riyad Mahrez has completed a £30m move to Al Ahli from Manchester City after five years at the Etihad Stadium.

Mahrez had been given permission to miss City’s pre-season tour of Japan and South Korea to finalize the move.

The 32-year-old Algeria international winger has now signed a three-year contract with the Saudi Pro League side.

Since signing for City in 2018 from Leicester, Mahrez has won four Premier League titles, two FA Cups, three Carabao Cups and the Champions League with Manchester City.

He arrived at the Etihad in the summer of 2018 for a then club-record £60m after playing an influential role in Leicester’s Premier League title-winning season in 2015/16.

“To play for Manchester City has been an honour and privilege,” said Mahrez, who will celebrate his 33rd birthday next February.

“I came to City to win trophies and enjoy my football and I achieved all that and so much more.

“I have had five unforgettable years with this football club, working with unbelievable players, fantastic supporters, and the best manager in the world.

“I’ve made a lifetime of wonderful memories and the manner of our Premier League title wins and the battles we’ve had with Liverpool and, last year, Arsenal, underlined our collective desire and mentality to be the best.

Who plays for who? The stars in Saudi Arabia

Al FatehCristian Tello
Al HilalMatheus Pereira, Ruben Neves, Kalidou Koulibaly, Sergej Milinkovic-Savic
Al-IttihadN’Golo Kante, Karim Benzema, Jota
Al NassrCristiano Ronaldo, Luiz Gustavo, David Ospina, Marcelo Brozovic
Al ShababEver Banega
Al AhliRoberto Firmino, Edouard Mendy, Ezgjan Alioski

“Manchester City will forever be a huge and happy part of my life.”

The treble winners have already seen Ilkay Gundogan leave this summer for Barcelona, while Kyle Walker and Bernardo Silva have also been linked with exits.


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