According to the Daily Mail, Manchester City are preparing to offer a new contract to Riyad Mahrez.
Riyad Mahrez, 30, enjoyed his most productive season at the club since joining from Leicester City in 2018. He was one of Manchester City’s best players, scoring 14 goals in 48 games across all competitions, including four goals against Borussia Dortmund and Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League knockout rounds to propel Pep Guardiola’s side into the final.
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The Algerian international also chipped in with nine assists, helping the Sky Blues win the Premier League title and the Carabao Cup in 2020/21 campaign.
Despite being one of City’s best players, Mahrez’s place in the squad was uncertain this summer.
There were speculation suggesting the winger was one of a number of players to be cashed in on to make way for high-profile signings like Harry Kane and Jack Grealish.
But the Daily Mail states the Premier League champions want to tie Mahrez, whose current deal expires in 2023, down to a new contract after he reaffirmed his commitment to stay at the Etihad Stadium last week.
This should come as a big boost to Pep Guardiola as he plots the Cityzens’ title defence. There’s a lot of work to be done in the transfer window for the Sky Blues but an experienced player in Mahrez willing to commit his future at the club is always going to benefit the manager.
Mahrez has been a top professional at the Etihad Stadium, and even when he wasn’t at the top end of his game at times prior to last season, he has kept the burning desire inside him and fought constantly for his place in the starting XI.
The Algerian’s position at City has become apparently clear now that the club wants to tie him down to a new contract. It would give Pep Guardiola a safer, reliable option to start the new season as Manchester City aims to go all the way in the Champions League competition.