Riyad Mahrez has denied he is unhappy at Manchester City, following quotes from Algeria national team manager Djamel Belmadi.
The winger was supposedly not best pleased with his game time this season, despite making 25 appearances in all competitions so far.
The 29-year-old has started every FA Cup and Carabao Cup game up to now, as well as three of the club’s six Champions League group stages matches, and 11 in the Premier League.
It turns out there was a mistranslation from DZ Foot from Belmadi’s comments on Algerian TV, with the publication clarifying on Twitter that the manager did not say Mahrez wasn’t happy at the club, but that he is probably not 100% happy and would like to play more.
Mahrez has spoken about the situation and allayed fears amongst City fans that he isn’t content, telling City Xtra: “Everything is perfect.”
Mahrez has been with City since the summer of 2018, joining from Leicester City for a reported £60 million (BBC Sport).
He has made 119 appearances for the club to date, scoring 31 goals and making 31 assists.
Mahrez gets ample game time
Thankfully there is no issue with Mahrez, who gets plenty of game time at the Etihad.
Players at City know the score with Pep Guardiola and his rotation policy.
It is vital for him to keep players’ legs fresh in order to compete on four fronts.
It would have been a real shame had there been any truth to the comments and that £120,000-a-week star Mahrez (Spotrac) really was unhappy with the amount of minutes he gets, which is more than Bernardo Silva, Ferran Torres and Gabriel Jesus so far this term.