Riyad Mahrez officially announced his £30 million move to Al-Ahli from Manchester City, capping five trophy-laden years at the Etihad Stadium.
With City, the winger won the Champions League, five domestic cups, four Premier League championships, and 78 goals in 236 games.
Mahrez could have departed during the two summers that followed, but his success was essential to City’s advancement to their first Champions League final, which they lost to Chelsea. The Algerian fought for his position until he decided it was time to leave following a legendary Triple campaign.
“To play for Manchester City has been an honor and privilege,” Mahrez said. He said he came to City to win trophies and enjoy football, and he has 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.”
Mahrez, 32, was the only player on Pep Guardiola’s team who skipped the preseason tour of Asia in order to finalize a move to Saudi Arabia.
The manner of our Premier League title victories and the battles we had with Liverpool and, most recently, Arsenal, highlighted our group’s drive and mentality to be the best, he continued. “I’ve made a lifetime of wonderful memories,” he said. The city will always play a significant and joyful role in my life.
“Riyad has been a significant contributor to our spectacular triumphs over the past five years, and his work will not be forgotten,” according to sporting director Txiki Begiristain, who is searching for wingers.
“He is a wonderful footballer to watch and leaves us with so many great memories.
“There are few wingers that possess his levels of skill and technique in world football, and he will be missed, but everyone will wish him the best as he begins a new chapter in his career,” said Txiki.
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