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Riyad Mahrez is an Algerian attacking midfield player who plays for Manchester City. Mahrez was born on 21st February 1991 and began his professional career as a footballer with Quimper in 2009. The Algerian only spent one season with Quimper, before he moved to Le Havre, who battled with Paris Saint Germain for his signature. Working through the youth sides and reserves with Le Havre, Mahrez eventually featured for the first team in Ligue 2 before he moved to Leicester City in January 2014. In 2015-16, Mahrez won the Premier League title with Leicester and was named PFA Players’ Player of the Year.
- 2009: Sarcelles to Quimper as a free transfer
- 2010: Quimper to AC Le Havre as a free transfer
- 2014: AC Le Havre to Leicester City for £450,000
- 2018: Leicester City to Manchester City for £61 million
Riyad Mahrez plays as a winger on the field and spent his youth career in AAS Sarcelles. When he was young, he spent many summers in his home country – Algeria and played alongside players, like Wissam Ben Yedder, for example. This article will cover all the relevant transfer news and football whispers regarding the Algerian player and give you all the info about this topic.
Riyad Mahrez Transfer Odds and Rumours
Mahrez joined his first senior team in 2009 as a free transfer but only stayed for a year and made twenty-seven appearances. A year later, in 2010, the player transferred to AC Le Havre, another French team, and played for their reserve team at first and the primary team later. He has a total of 120 appearances for Le Havre and scored thirty goals. It was reported that he turned down other leading French teams Paris Saint-Germain and Marseille, to join Le Havre because the player was initially attracted to the club's youth system.
In 2014, Mahrez joined Leicester City during the winter transfer window for a fee of £450,000. The contract he signed was for three-and-a-half years. The footballer himself hadn't heard of Leicester City before their scout Steve Walsh inadvertently spotted him while monitoring Ryan Mendes. While he played for Leicester, Mahrez appeared in one hundred and fifty-eight matches and scored forty-two goals. During his time in the English club, Riyad Mahrez attracted top clubs, like Barcelona, Manchester United, Chelsea, and Arsenal, who reportedly had other transfer targets in mind but were impressed by the Algerian footballer and were considering him. None of these rumours resulted in a signed contract, though. The Italian club Roma made three bids for him, but they were rejected and said that they wouldn't make any more bids.
In 2018, Mahrez joined the second English club in his career during the summer transfer window in his career – Manchester City. The deal was struck, and a five-year contract was signed for £61 million, making Riyad Mahrez the most expensive African footballer. During the previous transfer window, it was reported that Liverpool was ready to sign him, but nothing came of it, and that's why Manchester City got their chance to sign the winger. Mahrez played in sixty-eight matches for the Sky Blues and scored twenty-two goals. At the end of November 2020, Riyad Mahrez scored his first hat-trick for Manchester City to match against Burnley. There haven't been any new transfer rumours regarding the Algerian player since he moved to Manchester City. However, his contract doesn't end until 2023, so there is still time for respective football clubs to monitor him and make an offer. We will keep you updated with the latest gossip regarding the player and his possible future transfer before or after his contract ends.