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Algeria’s head coach Djamel Belmadi has admitted that Manchester City winger Riyad Mahrez is probably not “100 percent happy” with his current situation.
Algerian international Mahrez has proven to be a key acquisition for City since signing in the summer of 2018.
He has scored 31 goals and assisted 31 others in 119 games for Pep Guardiolathe men. However, his influence has waned a bit this season.
The 29 year old He has played in 14 of 21 Premier League games, but only completed a 90-minute performance in the last 11 games.
Plus, he’s spent four of those games on the bench, with players like Phil Foden and Ferran Torres winning starts ahead of him.
Talking to Foot DZ, Belmadi opened up about the “fear” that could spread among the faithful of Algeria about the continued impact of Mahrez on the international stage.
“Mahrez is probably not 100 percent happy because he would like to play more for Manchester City,” said the manager.
“He is a fighter who wants to play every game for his team.
“I cannot ask you to leave your club to play more in another, I am not your agent. But, for him, the most important thing is to stay in shape and be prepared for the next matches of the national team.
“He is our captain. I understand the fear of the fans, but in my opinion he has the ability to bounce back once again. I trust in him. “
But while Belmadi admitted that he could not speak on behalf of Mahrez’s agent, reports claim that the broker is working to find a solution for his client.
Report promotes the transfer of Mahrez to Madrid
Todofichajes reports that Mahrez wants to leave the Etihad Stadium, with Real Madrid as the next top wish. In addition, his agent has been in initial contact with Zinedine Zidane’s side.
The source adds that the end is not worth more than 50 million euros (44 million pounds), which shows an affordable figure for the Spanish giants.
However, Los Blancos must work to remove players from their team before considering new signings.
Indeed, Leeds Lucas Vázquez’s supposed goal He is reportedly dating as he nears the end of his contract.
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