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Transfer fee, contract length, final interview: Riyad Mahrez leaves Manchester City for Al Ahli



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Manchester City have announced the departure of Riyad Mahrez after five years at the Etihad Stadium.

The 32-year-old will leave the Etihad Stadium after five incredibly successful seasons at the club, where the Algerian international has won 11 trophies and scored 78 goals.

Mahrez, who signed from Leicester City for £60 million in 2018, has won four Premier League titles and the UEFA Champions League during his time at Manchester City.

The winger scored 15 goals and made a total of 47 appearances across all competitions during the 2022/23 campaign, and famously scored a hat-trick against Sheffield United in the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley Stadium last season.

After Manchester City announced the departure of the Algerian, here is everything you need to know about the deal itself!

What are the terms of the Riyad Mahrez to Al-Ahli deal?

Riyad Mahrez has moved to Saudi Pro League side Al-Ahli in a £30 million deal.

The 32-year-old will sign a three-year contract in the Middle East, with the option of a further fourth season.

The winger has become Al-Ahli’s third signing from the Premier League this summer, following Roberto Firmino and Edouard Mendy.

What has Riyad Mahrez said upon leave Manchester City?

“To play for Manchester City has been an honour and privilege,” said Mahrez.

“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. 

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

What has Txiki Begiristain said about Riyad Mahrez?

“Riyad has been a major factor in our amazing successes over the past five years and his contribution will not be forgotten,” said the Manchester City sporting director.

“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 all the best as he begins a new chapter in his career.”