Riyad Mahrez wants to move to the Saudi 1st Division
Riyad Mahrez, a famous and professional footballer who plays as a winger for Premier League club Manchester City and captains the Algeria national team, has signed an agreement with the Saudi Arabian investment fund PIF over a possible transfer to the Saudi 1st division.
The footballer wants to move to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. He wants to move from Manchester City to the Saudi Pro League, the highest division of association football in the Saudi league system.
The agreement between Riyad Mahrez and PIF, the world’s largest sovereign wealth funds, includes a salary of around €25 million per year. However, Mahrez can only move to Saudi Arabia if Manchester City allow him to leave the club.
According to reports, he can join the Al-Ahli Saudi FC, a Saudi Arabian professional football club based in Jeddah. Reportedly, Al-Ahli Saudi FC and Riyad Mahrez held talks regarding a potential transfer. Reportedly, Riyad was offered a two-year contract with a massive amount of £43 million in wages plus bonuses. According to Sports Zone, Al-Ahli Saudi FC offered Riyad a stunning contract worth £410k per week.
Riyad Mahrez began his football career as a youth player for AAS Sarcelles, a France-based club. He played for Quimper, a Commune in France, in 2009. Later on, he played for Le Havre, a city in the Normandy region of northern France. In 2014, he joined Leicester City, a professional association football club based in Leicester. The footballer helped Leicester City win the Premier League.
In 2018, he joined Manchester City. He won the Premier League, FA Cup and EFL Cup. He also won the UEFA Champions League in the 2022–23 season.
He represented Algeria at the FIFA World Cup in 2014, and at the Africa Cup of Nations in 2015, 2017, 2019 and 2021.