Riyad Mahrez rejects rumours linking him with Mikel Arteta and Arsenal and hopes to stay at Manchester City for the rest of his career… despite Pep Guardiola considering selling the Algerian
- Mikel Arteta coached Riyad Mahrez for a season and a half before joining Arsenal
- Mahrez had been linked with Arsenal before opting for Manchester City
- Now the winger has rejected them again as he looks to see out his career at City
- Pep Guardiola is considering selling the Algerian as part of a summer overhaul
Riyad Mahrez has brushed off suggestions he could be interested in a summer move to Arsenal and said he could wants to end his career at Manchester City.
The Manchester City winger worked with Mikel Arteta when the Spaniard was at the Etihad as Pep Guardiola’s assistant before moving to the Emirates.
Convincing Mahrez to make the same move to London would be a major coup for the Gunners amid reports that Guardiola is willing to sell the 30-year-old along with other top stars, but the Algerian told DZ Sport after playing and scoring the winner in his country’s 1-0 friendly win over Mali on Sunday: ‘There is nothing about my future.
Riyad Mahrez says he would like to stay at Manchester City until the end of his career
The 30-year-old has brushed off suggestions he would like to reunite with Mikel Arteta
Pep Guardiola is considering selling Mahrez, Raheem Sterling and Bernardo Silva this summer
‘I am well in Manchester. I will stay, God willing. I don’t yet know what my situation will be, but I am happy at City – and they are the club where I want to be.
‘People have spoken about me ending my career with Marseille, but that is not something I think about.
‘I want to finish my career in England, with City. I don’t foresee myself at Marseille.’
The 30-year-old scored a number of vital goals as City made it to the Champions League final
However, Guardiola’s men up just short as they beaten by Chelsea thanks to Kai Havertz’s goal
Mahrez – who attracted Arsenal’s attention during his Leicester days before the former Foxes man chose City – has enjoyed another successful season at City.
He was part of a team that won the Premier League and EFL Cup and scored 14 goals in 48 games across all competitions, including a strike against Borussia Dortmund and three across both legs of the Champions League semi-final against Paris Saint-Germain, although the competition came to a bitterly disappointing end for Guardiola’s men with a 1-0 defeat in the final to Chelsea late last month.