Manchester City winger Riyad Mahrez is reportedly close to putting pen to paper on a new deal with the Premier League champions behind the scenes.
What’s the news?
According to a recent report from L’Equipe, the Algerian is set to extend his stay at the Etihad Stadium until 2025, with his current contract due to expire next summer.
In the summer of 2018, City broke their then-club record fee to bring the winger to the club from fellow Premier League side Leicester City in a deal worth £60m.
This has since proved to be a smart move from the club as Mahrez has been a consistent and deadly attacking player in Pep Guardiola’s team.
In 188 appearances for the Citizens, the 31-year-old has scored 63 goals, provided 45 assists and won numerous domestic trophies along the way.
City fans will be buzzing
Last season saw the attacker rack up 11 goals and five assists in 28 league appearances, leaving only Kevin De Bruyne (23) and Raheem Sterling (18) with more goal contributions among Guardiola’s squad.
Having also started 11 out of City’s 12 Champions League games in 2021/22, the winger netted seven goals and supplied two assists, highlighting just how vital he is for the team in Europe as well as domestically.
Taking all this into account, it’s easy to see why the club are reportedly looking to secure Mahrez’s future for the next few years.
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It’s also safe to suggest that, should the former Leicester star sign an extension to his current deal and continue his journey with Guardiola’s side, this would surely have a lot of City fans buzzing.
Also, with the club having sold Gabriel Jesus to Arsenal recently and Raheem Sterling looking likely to join Chelsea, this will further highlight City’s need to keep hold of Mahrez and ensure that he can continue delivering consistent goals and assists for the team.
If this reported contract extension can be officially confirmed as soon as possible, just as they have done with Rodri, this should duly allow the club to focus on other players in their ranks to whom they may want to offer new deals.
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