Riyad Mahrez: Man City star reveals regrets not joining Arsenal in 2016

Riyad Mahrez: Man City star reveals regrets not joining Arsenal in 2016

- Riyad Mahrez says his move to Arsenal in 2016 was blocked by Leicester City

- The Algerian international was part of the squad who won EPL trophy with the Foxes in 2015

- At 28 he joined Man City in 2018 and became an instrumental figure under Pep Guardiola

Manchester City star, Riyad Mahrez, has opened the lids about how his sensational move to London outfits Arsenal was frustrated in 2016 by his former employers Leicester City.

The Algerian international was part of the Foxes squad who won the coveted Premier League trophy in the 2015/16 season.

Mahrez later sealed a move to Pep Guardiola's star-studded Man City team in 2018 after another instrumental figure of Foxes N'Golo Kante joined Chelsea and won the title with them.

Swinging the pendulum of memories back on his illustrious career, the 28-year-old revealed his regret of not joining a top tier side after epoch-making turn that saw Leicester become the England champions.

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"After the title, if I'd left for a top team, it wouldn't have been the same story. For me, it's clear that I lost two years at the highest level. I lost two years! Because instead of arriving at City at 27, I could have been there at 24, 25.

"Leicester blocked me. They told me: 'You're not leaving, you're not leaving,. My agent had spoken to (Arsene) Wenger who really wanted me. It was nearly all done with Arsenal in 2016. I was really frustrated, " the star said.

Mahrez won the Premier League title with Guardiola and he captained the North Africa country Algeria to AFCON 2019 glory.

He scored the late minute free-kick against Nigeria which sent The Desert Warriors to the final where they coasted to glory with a 1-0 victory over Sadio Mane's Senegal.

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng had earlier reported that reigning Premier League champions Manchester City on Sunday, November 10, suffered a disappointing defeat against Liverpool at Anfield.

Manchester City went into this game with the hopes of reducing Liverpool's lead on the Premier League standings, but the Reds instead extended their lead to eight points.

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