Manchester City attacking midfielder
Riyad Mahrez will have to wait for negotiations over a new contract to
begin, with club chiefs reportedly in no rush to discuss an extension.
Reports at the weekend claimed the Algeria winger was looking to quit
the Citizens and his head had been turned by overtures from Paris
Sources close to the 29-year-old, however, have stated the former
Leicester City man is not looking to bring an end to his time in
Manchester and has recently raised the possibility of signing longer
It is understood that while the Citizens are happy Mahrez has
recently pledged his commitment, club bosses are in no rush to hand him
fresh terms just yet.
He still has three years remaining on his existing £180 000-per-week
agreement and is one of the highest-paid players on the books at
Mahrez has come to the fore this season and established himself as a
regular starter for Pep Guardiola - stepping up to the plate after the
knee injury suffered by fellow winger Leroy Sane at the start of the
He has made 37 appearances and scored nine times this term, also
winning over City supporters who were underwhelmed by his debut season
following a £60m arrival from King Power Stadium in the summer of 2018.
Guardiola has been impressed by Mahrez's attitude and commitment
since he cut short his holidays last year to be ready for the start of
the Premier League season.
Mahrez had led his country to African Nations Cup glory, but decided
to knuckle down at City and take just 12 days of rest before rejoining
The suggestions are that officials in Paris are willing to hand City
their money back, but the word coming back is that bosses in the French
capital would be wasting their time trying to sign any City players.