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Manchester City confirm first-team departure

Manchester City have sold a key player on July 28.

Riyad Mahrez has left Manchester City to join Al-Ahli Saudi Football Club, the club confirmed on Friday.

Mahrez joined the Sky Blues from Leicester in 2018 in a £60m deal. Since then he has won the Premier League four times as well as two FA Cups, three Carabao Cups, two Community Shields and the Champions League once.

Mahrez scored 78 and assisted 59 in 236 games across all competitions for City.

On leaving City, Mahrez had this to say:

“To play for Manchester City has been an honour and privilege,” said Mahrez, who will celebrate his 33rd birthday next February. I came to City to win trophies and enjoy my football and I achieved all that and so much more. “I have had five unforgettable years with this football club, working with unbelievable players, fantastic supporters, and the best manager in the world.

“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.

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