Wanted Man City winger but succumbed to oil money! “I couldn’t tell him not to go”

“I got an amazing offer, and I couldn’t say no.”

The Saudi league is a popular place for superstars to finish their careers. The level of play is better than ever and the paychecks are huge.

The league has benefited from the arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo, and has recently seen a huge surge in talent with the likes of Karim Benzema, N’Golo Kante, Leo Neves, Kalidou Koulibaly, and Edouard Mendy.

Even Manchester City winger Riyad Mahrez was on the Saudi radar.

Mahrez is considered a technician, with excellent footwork and touch. After joining Man City from Leicester City, he made his presence felt as a key resource.

However, he was reportedly unhappy with his playing time the previous season, leading to transfer speculation.

In particular, he was reportedly unhappy after not playing a single minute in the FA Cup against Manchester United and two Champions League finals 먹튀검증 against Inter Milan the previous season.

In the meantime, Saudi Arabia’s Al Ahli have moved to sign Mahrez and confirmed his arrival on Monday.

Al Ahli have signed Mahrez on a four-year contract, reportedly offering him a salary in excess of $41 billion.

City manager Pep Guardiola was left bitter. Asked if he wanted Mahrez to stay, he said: “Of course. I enjoyed working with him, it was a special relationship.”

“Saudi Arabia has changed the transfer market. When Ronaldo left, no one thought that so many top players would join him. There will be more in the future and we need to be ready for it.”

“Saudi Arabia wants to create a strong league and they can do it,” he added.

As for Mahrez’s departure, he expressed disappointment. “We had a good offer,” Guardiola said. That’s why I couldn’t ask him to stay at City instead of leaving,” he sighed.

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