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Riyad Mahrez joins Saudi Pro League side Al Ahli from Manchester City

Mahrez leaves the Etihad after five successful seasons under Pep Guardiola in Manchester.

(FILES) Manchester City's Algerian midfielder Riyad Mahrez applauds the fans following the English FA Cup semi-final football match between Manchester City and Sheffield United at Wembley Stadium in north west London on April 22, 2023. Manchester City forward Riyad Mahrez has left the treble winners to join Saudi side Al-Ahli, the Premier League club announced on July 28, 2023. The Algerian winger, 32, joined Pep Guardiola's team in 2018 from Leicester, winning 11 major trophies at the club. (Photo by Glyn KIRK / AFP) / NOT FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING USE / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE

Riyad Mahrez has left Manchester City to join Saudi Pro League club Al Ahli on a deal until 2027.

The Algerian forward leaves the Etihad after five successful seasons under Pep Guardiola for a reported fee of $38m.

In recent weeks, Al Ahli have completed deals for former Premier League players Edouard Mendy and Roberto Firmino, with Mahrez becoming their latest marquee signing.

Mahrez told “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.

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

Premier League titles

Mahrez won a historic Premier League title with Claudio Ranieri’s Leicester City in 2016 and went on to lift the trophy four more times with City as well as the Champions League this year.

In 236 games for City, the 32-year-old scored 78 goals.


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