Football journalist Fabrizio Romano has been sharing some details on Manchester City and their apparent intentions of securing Riyad Mahrez with a new deal at the club.
This comes after Romano co-hosted a recent episode of the Here We Go Podcast where he discussed a variety of talking points going around the world of European football at the moment.
On the subject of Mahrez and City’s intentions of offering him a new deal, Romano had this to say on the matter. (14.40)
He said: “Mahrez is one of the players that Manchester City are [intending] to negotiate and open talks about the contract.
“So, it’s not saying that he’s extending the contract, but they will talk about it with the player and with his agent.
“They will do it in the next month. They have like an agenda. They started with Pep Guardiola and then with [Kevin] De Bruyne and they have now [Raheem] Sterling, Mahrez, he has two years of his contract, but they want to keep Mahrez, they are happy with Mahrez, so they want to talk with him.”
City signed Mahrez back in the 2018 summer transfer window from fellow Premier League club Leicester City for a fee of £61.02 million.
Since then, the 30-year-old, who is currently valued at £37.8 million, has gone on to make 139 appearances for Pep Guardiola’s side across all competitions in which he has managed to score 39 goals and provide 35 assists in the process (per Transfermarkt).
Do you think City should offer Mahrez a new contract?
TIF Thoughts on Fabrizio Romano’s comments on Mahrez…
Given how Mahrez scored three out of the four goals that City managed to score throughout both legs of their Champions League semi-final clashes against French club Paris Saint Germain, it’s easy to see why the club are reportedly keen on offering him a new deal to keep him at The Etihad Stadium beyond his current contract which is set to expire in 2023.
In our view, Mahrez’s goals and assists record in a City shirt and his recent goals in the Champions League have shown why the club should try and keep hold of the winger for as long as possible.