Riyad Mahrez leaves Manchester City for Saudi's Al-Ahli
Mahrez scored 15 goals in 47 games in his final season with City but did not start some of the biggest matches being an unused substitute in both the Champions League and FA Cup finals.
MANCHESTER: Riyad Mahrez is the latest Premier League player to head to Saudi Arabia after signing with Al-Ahli. City agreed a fee understood to be worth up to USD 38.6 million with Al-Ahli last week.
The Algeria international was a key player in Leicester's shocking title win in 2016 and then won the league four more times with Manchester City.
He leaves after a season in which City won the Premier League, FA Cup and Champions League.
"I've made a lifetime of wonderful memories and the manner of our Premier League title wins and the battles we've had with Liverpool and, last year, Arsenal, underlined our collective desire and mentality to be the best," Mahrez said in a statement on City's website.
Dear Cityzens,— Riyad Mahrez (@Mahrez22) July 28, 2023
Today marks the end of an unforgettable chapter in my life, a five-year journey filled with countless memories. Before leaving, I wanted to thank the board, the manager and the staff for giving me the chance to prove myself at the highest level.
To my teammates,… pic.twitter.com/81mVXGoKrH
Mahrez scored 15 goals in 47 games in his final season with City but no longer started some of the biggest matches.
He was an unused substitute in both the Champions League and FA Cup finals.
At Al-Ahli, he will join Roberto Firmino, who was formerly one of City's rivals at Liverpool, and former Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy.
Al-Ahli is also set to sign one of Europe's highest-rated young coaches in Matthias Jaissle, Austrian club Salzburg said in a statement confirming the 35-year-old German had been released from his duties.
Salzburg said Jaissle asked for a move Wednesday, two days before the club's first game of the new Austrian league season, and that talks between the club and Al-Ahli were underway.
"Our view is that a coach that is so busy exploring a new job just two days before the start of such an important season should not be in charge when it starts," Salzburg general manager Stephan Reiter said.
Jaissle was praised for reaching the knockout stages of the Champions League with Salzburg in his first season in charge in 2021-22.