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Riyad Mahrez | Midfielder | #26

Team: Manchester City
Age / DOB:  (27) / 2/21/1991
Ht / Wt:  5'10" / 148

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Manchester City took three points from a trip to London in a 1-0 win over Spurs behind a Riyad Mahrez goal.
City took the lead early and never gave it back after Raheem Sterling beat England national teammate Kieran Trippier down the left wing. Sterling baited Trippier and let a long clearance bounce before taking control inside the box, moving past Trippier and finding a cutting Mahrez with a sharp low cross. Mahrez celebrated his second consecutive league match with a goal by pointing to the sky and dedicating his performance to Leicester City owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, who died in a helicopter crash after Saturday night's game. City was unfortunate not to come away with another goal, but the victory marks the club's sixth straight Premier League clean sheet with Mendy, Stones, LaPorte and Walker making up the backline. Oct 29 - 6:04 PM
Source: NBC Sports

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It wasn't the high octane clash of the Titans as expected, but there was a theatric ending, as Manchester City and Liverpool shared the spoils in a goalless draw at Anfield.

Pep Guardiola made a handful of changes following the win over Hoffenheim, as John Stones, Bernardo Silva, Riyad Mahrez and Benjamin Mendy were drafted in for Vincent Kompany, Nicolas Otamendi, Ilkay Gundogan and Leroy Sane. The match was void of the end-to-end attacking football expected in the pre-match hype, but there was late drama when Virgil van Dijk hauled down substitute Sane inside the area on 84 minutes. With expected penalty-taker, Sergio Aguero, having been removed earlier in the match, Mahrez was given a chance to cement his place a fan favorite. However, the Algeria international blazed the resulting spot-kick high over the bar. The draw means City goes into the international break on top of the table, even on points (20) with Chelsea and Liverpool, but ahead on goal difference.
Source: NBC Sports
Oct 7 - 1:54 PM

Manchester City bounced back from a disappointing Champions League loss to Lyon with a 5-0 win over Cardiff City.

But it was Riyad Mahrez who stole the show with two goals after coming in for Sergio Aguero in the 61st minute. Mahrez opened his Manchester City account in the Premier League in the 67th minute when he tapped in a low cross from Ilkay Gundogan, who recorded a goal and an assist himself, for a 4-0 lead. Mahrez made it 5-0 in the 87th minute with a beautiful curling effort for his second of a busy day, when City scored all their goals in the final 60 minutes of the match. Sergio Aguero started the scoring in the 32nd minute in his 300th appearance for Manchester City, while Bernardo Silva double the lead moments later with a looping header worth a replay.
Source: NBC Sports
Sep 22 - 12:21 PM

Manchester City are wiping their brow with relief tonight as new signing Riyad Mahrez will not be out of action for a few months through injury.

On Saturday, Mahrez was seen on crutches and in a protective boot after he sustained an injury which forced him off the pitch in the 3-2 win over Bayern Munich in Miami. "A scan has revealed no significant damage," said a City statement. Mahrez "could be available for selection for this weekend's Community Shield against Chelsea" on Sunday according to the club. Fantasy managers who thought the game of dice with Pep's rotation of his attackers would be postponed or made easier have not got their wish.
Source: BBC Sport
Jul 30 - 5:45 PM

Summer signing Riyad Mahrez is an early doubt for Manchester City’s opener on August 12 after picking up an injury during the Citizens final International Champions Cup game.

The £60m winger fell awkwardly after tangling with Bayern Munich defender Chris Richards just five minutes into the game. However, Mahrez managed to hobble on until the half hour mark before being replaced by Bernardo Silva who scored twice to help City comeback from 2-0 down to win 3-2: "I don’t know [the extent]. I wasn’t in the locker room," said Guardiola following the come from behind victory. "It was his ankle. We will see." Mahrez returned to Manchester on Sunday afternoon walking with the aid of crutches and his left ankle in a protective boot. Leroy Sane could come into the Community Shield side although Pep admits the winger is not yet up-to speed: "His physical condition is still not good, he has to train a little bit more, but he is not injured."
Jul 29 - 6:07 PM

Manchester City officially announced the signing of Leicester City midfielder Riyad Mahrez on Tuesday.

The 28-year-old signs surpasses Aymeric LaPorte as the club's most expensive signing in a £60 million move after signing a five-year contract through 2023. Mahrez recorded 12 goals and 13 assists last season after a down year following Leicester's title-winning 2015/16 season, where the Algerian won Premier League Player of the Year honors. Said Mahrez: "I am so pleased to have joined City, a side playing great football under Pep Guardiola. Watching them from afar has been a pleasure. Pep is committed to playing attacking football, which is perfect for me, and City's performances last season were outstanding. They're redefining the English game and I wanted to be a part of it."
Jul 10 - 11:07 PM

Manchester City is expecting to finalize a move for Leicester City midfielder Riyad Mahrez by the end of the week.

The Algerian international is expected to take a medical this week at the Etihad after the two sides agreed to a deal in the range of £60 million, well short of the £80 million the Foxes sought for the playmaker. Meanwhile, City is also in talks to sign Napoli's Jorginho in a move expected to be more than £50 million after the Italian was held out of Carlo Ancelotti's preseason roster for the club's summer training programme.
Source: Sky Sports
Jul 3 - 1:08 PM

Leicester City look set to get close to their initial asking price for Riyad Mahrez as the winger closes in on a move to Manchester City.

Leicester City have been in talks with the Premier League champions since January when they rejected an offer of £50m plus winger Patrick Roberts for Mahrez. Leicester had initially set the asking price at £80 million for the Algeria international, but reports say that a fee of £60m up front with a potential further £15m in add-ons has now been agreed. With Pep Guardiola keen to wrap up a move for the former PFA Player of the Year before Manchester City's tour to the US, the deal could be completed in the coming days or sometime early next week. Mahrez, who arrived from French club Le Havre in 2014, scored 39 goals and provided 28 assists in 139 Premier League appearances for the Foxes.
May 30 - 11:50 AM

Riyad Mahrez and Jamie Vardy looked as locked in as they were in their title-winning season, linking up for three of Leicester's four goals, but it was not enough as they lost a wild contest to Tottenham, 5-4.

Just your typical nine goal affair to wrap up the season. One could argue that Leicester had pretty much settling in on the beach weeks ago but they were certainly up for it today, particularly Mahrez, was doing all the things that led to his Player of the Year Season. It took less than four minutes for him to pick out Vardy, as his free kick found his teammate's head for the opener. Spurs would equalize quickly but Mahrez was at it again, this time scoring after a deflected ball fell perfectly to him. It then looked like the Foxed were in control as Kelechi Iheanacho scored two minutes into the second half to give them a 1-3 lead. Spurs would roar back to take the lead though with three unanswered goals. Not to be outdone, Jamie Vardy scored his second of the day, and 20th of the season, once again cued up by Mahrez. Leicester are certainly a handful when their two stars are on the same page.
Source: NBC Sports
May 13 - 12:33 PM

Riyad Mahrez says he has withdrawn his transfer request from Leicester City, but admits he doesn't know what the future holds for him.

Mahrez, under contract until June 2020, has been subject of a transfer saga since stating his desire to leave Leicester at the end of last season. Following the announcement, Roma had a bid rejected for his services in the summer. In January, Mahrez tried to force a move to Manchester City and went absence for 10 days after the deal fell through. Speaking to Sky Sports, the Algeria international revealed he has taken back his official request to leave the club, but doesn't know where he will play next season. "It has gone. It was in January, it's another transfer window. I am still here - I don't want to put a lot of things in my head." The former PFA Player of the Year has scored 10 goals and provided nine assists in 33 appearances this season.
Source: Sky Sports
May 4 - 9:50 AM

Riyad Mahrez could miss Algeria's friendly against Tanzania with a minor injury.

Mahrez completed the full 120 minutes during Leicester City's 2-1 defeat to Chelsea in the FA Cup on Sunday. However, Algeria boss Rahab Madjer confirmed the winger is being monitored after arriving on international duty with a small muscle problem. "I sent Yacine Brahimi and Mahrez to the infirmary [Algeria medical team]," Madjer told Algerian publication Competition. "We’re monitoring them closely. They have a few niggles." Mahrez missed training on Tuesday and is considered a doubt for the match against Tanzania on Thursday, but Madjer added the 27-year-old could recover in time for their match against Iran next Tuesday. Mahrez's injury isn't believed to be serious and he should be fit for Leicester's trip to Brighton on March 31.
Mar 21 - 3:18 PM

After falling behind early, Leicester was able to pull out the 4-1 win over West Brom at the Hawthorns.

After Salamon Rondon drew first blood, the Foxes responded in a big way pressuring West Brom. It took until the 21st minute for Leicester to draw level but Jamie Vardy broke his goal drought with a sublime volley following a long ball from Mahrez. Leicester's talisman Mahrez scores for the second consecutive match after the introduction of Kelechi Iheanacho changed the tide. Iheanacho scooped a ball over the defense and Mahrez didn't miss in the 62nd minute to give Leicester a lead that they wouldn't look back from. The result was put out of reach in the 76th minute as Iheanacho showed that he was the right substitution firing home Ben Chilwell's cross. In garbage time, even Vicente Iborra was able to find the net with a header firing hom Marc Albrighton's cross.
Mar 10 - 11:59 AM

Leicester City secured a 1-1 draw against Bournemouth courtesy of a brilliant Riyad Mahrez free-kick deep into stoppage time.

In a spirited affair, Bournemouth took the lead on 35 minutes when Josh King converted from the penalty spot after being brought down by Mark Albrighton. Trailing 1-0 after the restart, Claude Puel's side responded with a dominate second-half performance. Mahrez was at the forefront, causing havoc for the Cherries defense as he linked well with Jamie Vardy and provided quality service from set-pieces. The Foxes constant pressure was eventually rewarded with virtually the last kick of the match, as Mahrez bent a 25-yard free-kick around the wall and into the bottom corner of the net. The point keeps Leicester in eighth place.
Source: NBC Sports
Mar 3 - 1:02 PM

Riyad Mahrez, who fell out of favor after a botched attempted move late last month to Manchester City, returned to Leicester City's starting XI today but it was not enough to beat Stoke at home as they needed some help to earn a 1-1 draw.

Mahrez was kept out of the XI for the last three league games, but all water appears under the bridge now, as the former Player of the Year returned to his starting role. He was the only player that looked to offer much of any threat for much of the first half but it would be Stoke that would take the lead just before the break. It was a scrappy affair for much of the afternoon, the kind which looked good for the Potters to pull off the upset, but the Foxes caught a break. In the 70th minute, Marc Albrighton, who had shifted to right back moments earlier, swung a cross in that the Stoke keeper redirected in for an own goal. For the final 20 minutes, the momentum shifted and it was all Leicester. However, they could not find a winner despite several big chances. Two times, the ball hit the post, once from a Mahrez shot, the other from Harry Maguire, who was following up on a another Mahrez attempt. The point moves Leicester up to seventh in the table for the time being.
Source: NBC Sports
Feb 24 - 9:42 AM

Riyad Mahrez is expected to be in the squad to face Manchester City on Saturday after a turbulent week.

On Thursday, Leicester City manager Claude Puel ruled Mahrez out for the weekend trip to Manchester City as the Algerian had yet to train since Deadline Day when a proposed move to the league leaders never took off. But as of Friday, Mahrez had returned to training and was in the traveling squad to Manchester for Saturday."My goals have always been the same and I have always given my full 100 per cent when I play for the club, the fans, and my team-mates," Mahrez said in a statement. "Those goals remain the same today and in the future and, when I am asked to be a part of the Leicester team, rest assured I will continue to give my all."
Source: Sky Sports
Feb 9 - 2:49 PM