Riyad Mahrez gives Man City future update ahead of FA Cup Final

Mahrez willing to stay and fight for place

Riyad Mahrez was Manchester City’s only first-team signing last summer.

The winger made the switch from Leicester City for a fee in the region of £61m.

The Algerian was one of the top stars for his previous club, but life in Manchester hasn’t always been plain sailing for Mahrez.

Pep Guardiola has often chosen to start the likes of Raheem Sterling and Bernardo Silva over Mahrez on the wings, and prior to City’s last league game, Mahrez spent five outings sat on the bench.

The 28-year-old’s lack of game-time even led to him being linked with a move away from the Etihad.

However, after scoring and assisting in the Citizens’ title-deciding game vs Brighton, Mahrez gave an update on his future, confirming that he isn’t going anywhere:

“It is not easy to come to a team who are settled, who have players who play. That squad did everything last season.

“I knew it would not be easy in my first year but I am very confident in myself and have no doubts about my quality. I knew that when I had my chance I would take it. I scored at Brighton and helped the team.

“I am very happy here. I am not going somewhere else because I don’t play. It’s part of the game. I need to be strong, stay strong. It’s part of my personality, I never hide away from things.” As quoted by the Telegraph.

 

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MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – JANUARY 09: Riyad Mahrez of Manchester City celebrates with Bernardo Silva as he scores his team’s ninth goal during the Carabao Cup Semi Final First Leg match between Manchester City and Burton Albion at Etihad Stadium on January 9, 2019 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Man City vs Watford

While Mahrez started vs Brighton, it is unknown if he will be in the starting eleven vs Watford.

Man City will be looking to complete the domestic treble on Saturday the 18th of May in the FA Cup final.

Should City win, it would mean 7th-placed Wolves will earn Europa League football next season.

However, if Watford win, it will be Javi Gracia’s men who will get a chance to play in Europe next campaign.

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