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Riyad Mahrez signs for Saudi ProLeague club Al-Ahli

Riyad Mahrez has signed for Saudi Pro League club Al Ahli after leaving Manchester City.

He has signed a three-year deal, and they have paid around £30 million for the attacker.

The 32-year-old leaves the Cityzens after five trophy-laden years in Manchester.

He won four Premier League titles, the Champions League and five domestic cups.

Mahrez bagged 78 goals and 59 assists in 236 appearances for the 2022/23 treble winners.

He joined the Cityzens from Leicester City after helping the Foxes win an unprecedented Premier League title in the 2015/16 season.

He bagged 17 goals and 11 assists and made the PFA Team of the Year and PFA Players’ Player of the Year.

Mahrez played 284 Premier League games in total, notching 82 goals and 61 assists.

The Algerian international led his side to the 2019 African Cup of Nations title. He featured in the team of the tournament.

Mahrez will now head to Saudi Arabia for a new challenge. He joins the host of stars who have moved to the Middle East this summer.

He said (via Man City’s official website): “To play for Manchester City has been an honour and privilege.

“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 have 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.”

City sporting director Txiki Begiristain thanked Mahrez for his contributions to their success over the past years and paid tribute to his skill and technique.

Begiristain must now find the perfect replacement and he reportedly has his sights set on Barcelona winger Raphinha.

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