Riyad Mahrez opens up on his Manchester City future amid Arsenal links

Riyad Mahrez opens up on his Manchester City future. PSG and Arsenal are linked with signing Mahrez, whose contract expires in the summer of 2023.

Riyad Mahrez of Manchester City
Riyad Mahrez of Manchester City / IMAGO

The Algerian has been linked with a move away from Etihad this summer.

Manchester City star Riyad Mahrez has opened up on his future at Etihad, stating that he doesn’t intend to leave the Premier League champions this summer.

It has been recently reported that Citizens are willing to put up to seven players on the transfer exchange, including the Algerian winger.

PSG and Arsenal are understood to be the interested parties in signing Mahrez, whose contract expires in the summer of 2023.

However, amid the heavy speculations, the Algerian star doesn’t see any bigger club than Man City and wants to continue playing under the mentorship of Pep Guardiola.

Mahrez said: “What if I want to go higher? I do not see what is higher [than Manchester City].

“To try another championship [elsewhere]? No. I really love England and English football is wonderful. I don’t want to leave. I still have goals to pursue here.

When you see [Pep] Guardiola wants you, it’s flattering. The acclimatisation here was not easy, but our relationship today, everyone knows [it is great].”

Mahrez joined the Sky Blues from Leicester City in 2018 and has since been a productive player for Guardiola.

Although he couldn’t establish himself as an undisputable starter, the Spanish boss managed to get the best out of the 30-year-old.

City are understood to be preparing for an action-packed summer transfer window as they have identified Jack Grealish and Harry Kane as top targets who will cost more than 200m pounds.

The Premier League champions want to put a handful of players on the chopping block in order to generate funds for the transfer of both Grealish and Kane.