Riyad Mahrez shut out rumours of him moving to Arsenal.
Earlier reports indicated that the Algerian was unhappy at the Etihad Stadium due to a lack of regular involvement.
Mahrez was a key player in Manchester City’s title triumph under Pep Guardiola and also the Champions League final visit. At 30, he seems to hitting his prime again, having adapted to Guardiola’s demands at City.
Previously, he drew links to Arsenal and other European outfits with talks of a potential exit. However, he still has two years left on his contract after signing from Leicester City in 2018.
Mahrez told Oui Hustle: “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 Guardiola wants you, it’s flattering. The acclimatisation here was not easy, but our relationship today, everyone knows [is great].”
Mahrez will not play every single game for City. Heavy rotations are expected for every player in that City squad. But Mahrez can expect to be a key contributor in this new regime.