Guardiola insists that Mahrez is going nowhere!
Riyad Mahrez (Manchester City’s Algerian Winger) is reported to be unhappy with his playing situation as he comes to the end of this debut season at the Premier League Champions. Mahrez who cost approximately £60 million from Leicester City is apparently unhappy by his lack of game time at the club.
In fact 13 Premier League starts from the Algerian is not the kind of game time any professional footballer with ambition would want and although he has made 42 appearances across competitions he is seen to be voicing his concern around the Manchester City training ground.
According to The Daily Mail, Mahrez has ‘threatened to quit’ as Manchester City have given him few minutes and him barely coming on as a substitute in the last few games.
Asked about reports of Riyads unhappiness in a press conference Guardiola has stated:
“Riyad Mahrez will be with us next season and the next one, and the next one.
“I don’t need to speak with him. He knows we are happy with him.”
You would have expected a player like Riyad Mahrez would have known about the competition ahead of him, before deciding to leave Leicester City. Competition for a starting place is highly competitive and with the likes of Raheem Sterling and Bernardo Silver ahead of him in the pecking order, you would have to think that his place in the starting eleven will remain insecure.