“I Do Not Regret Leaving Manchester City” – Riyad Mahrez’s Strong Confession Might Upset Pep Guardiola

Published 11/29/2023, 9:54 AM EST

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Riyad Mahrez seems to have settled into his new life in Saudi Arabia quite well. Like many European players this season, the former Manchester City star made the move to Al Ahli, joining the growing exodus of talent to the Middle East. Surprisingly, Mahrez has wasted no time in adapting to his new surroundings and does not seem to be missing his old manager, Pep Guardiola, in the slightest.

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Mahrez spent nearly five years under the guidance of Guardiola at Manchester City, playing a pivotal role in the team’s success, including winning the treble. However, the Algerian international has established he has no regrets about leaving his former team behind.

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Since joining Al Ahli, Mahrez has played 14 matches and managed to find the back of the net on five occasions. However, in a recent encounter against Al Shabanb, he failed to score as the match ended in a goalless draw. Shortly, the 32-year-old took the opportunity to discuss his move and provide insight into his current situation.

He expressed his contentment about his new club, “I am very happy with Al-Ahly and in Saudi Arabia.” He went even further, reiterating his lack of regret for leaving Manchester City, stating, “I do not regret leaving Manchester City.”

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Mahrez’s apparent comfort and satisfaction with his new club and life in Saudi Arabia shows he has no intentions of returning to City. It may come as a blow to Guardiola, who once viewed the winger as a key player in his squad. Nonetheless, these changes in soccer are inevitable as players move from one team to another. Additionally, Guardiola could face another setback as the Middle East clubs have set their sights on his star striker, Erling Haaland.

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Since joining Manchester City, Erling Haaland has been breaking records and thrilling the soccer world with his goal-scoring abilities. With no surprise, he has attracted interest from Arab clubs, who are reportedly willing to spend $500 million to secure him.

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In an interview, Saudi Pro League CEO Saad Al Lazeez was asked if it would be more beneficial to invest $1 billion in three players while solely dedicating $500 million to acquiring Haaland than just signing eight “normal” players. Al Lazeez enthusiastically responded with a resounding “yes,” indicating their willingness to spend even half a billion dollars on bringing the Norwegian striker to their league.

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