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Man City 'offer Riyad Mahrez short-term contract extension'

Man City 'offer Riyad Mahrez short-term contract extension'
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Manchester City reportedly offer Riyad Mahrez a new short-term contract, with the 31-year-old currently due to become a free agent in 2023.

Manchester City have offered Riyad Mahrez a short-term contract extension at the Etihad Stadium, according to a report.

The 31-year-old will soon enter the final 12 months of his existing deal with the Premier League champions and has been persistently linked with a departure over the past year.

Mahrez struggled for regular starts in the Premier League under Pep Guardiola last term, making the first XI on just 15 occasions in the top flight, but he was a key player nonetheless.

The former Leicester City man struck 24 goals and provided nine assists in 46 appearances for Man City across all competitions, including seven goals in the Champions League.

AC Milan have been strongly linked with a summer swoop for Mahrez, but according to Foot Mercato, Guardiola wants to keep the Algeria international on the books for a little while longer.

Manchester City's Riyad Mahrez scores their first goal from the penalty spot on February 9, 2022© Reuters

The report adds that City are only prepared to extend Mahrez's stay for a 'short-term' period, the length of which is unspecified, but there is optimism that a deal can be struck.

Mahrez has supposedly attracted the interest of several clubs after his stellar 2021-22 season, but he will seemingly stay on at the Etihad for at least another 12 months.

Man City paid Leicester City £61m for the transfer of Mahrez in the summer of 2018, and the Algerian has since scored 63 goals and provided 46 assists in 189 games for the Etihad outfit.

The former Le Havre attacker has won three Premier League titles, three EFL Cups, one FA Cup and two Community Shields under the tutelage of Guardiola, adding to his memorable 2015-16 top-flight success with Leicester.

AC Milan will therefore be forced to look elsewhere in their search for right-sided attacking reinforcements, but the Serie A champions are said to be in talks over a deal for Chelsea's Hakim Ziyech.

Chelsea's Hakim Ziyech walks off the pitch after receiving medical attention on February 22, 2022© Reuters

The former Morocco international will reportedly be allowed to leave Stamford Bridge for the right price this summer after making just 14 Premier League starts in 2021-22.

Real Madrid's Marco Asensio has also been linked with a switch to San Siro, as the 26-year-old is thought to be one of the names on Carlo Ancelotti's chopping block.

Meanwhile, Mahrez will seemingly have less competition on the right-hand side of the Man City attack next term as Gabriel Jesus closes in on a £45m transfer to Arsenal.

The 25-year-old has agreed terms on a five-year deal with the North London club and departs after a five-and-a-half year spell in Manchester, as Julian Alvarez and Erling Braut Haaland arrive to compete for the striker's spot.

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