Algeria's head coach, Djamel Belmadi, has claimed that Riyad Mahrez is 'not happy' at Manchester City due to a lack of game time this season, as per comments relayed on Tuesday afternoon.
The former Leicester winger has featured in a total of 25 games so far this season, scoring six goals and assisting a further three. However, what is more interesting is that Mahrez has started just two Premier League games since the 0-0 draw against Manchester United in mid-December.
DZ Foot has shared comments from the head coach of the Algerian national team, as translated by Sport Witness, on Tuesday afternoon. Djamel Belmadi has claimed that the City forward is 'not happy' in Manchester, however he is unable to make decisions on the player's future due to him not being his agent.
Belmadi said, "Mahrez isn’t happy in Manchester because he doesn’t play often, and he’s a fighter who wants to play all the games for his team."
"I can’t ask him to leave his club to play more in another, I’m not his agent, but the most important is for him to keep his fitness and to be ready for the next games of the national team."
He continued, “He’s our captain. I understand the fear of the fans, but, in my view, he’s got the ability to bounce back once again. I trust him."
The news will undoubtedly spark rumours from across Europe linking Mahrez with a move away from the Etihad Stadium, and in fact in recent months, there had been some level of interest from Real Madrid.
As per a report from Footmercato at the beginning of September, it was claimed that Real Madrid had ‘taken information’ about Mahrez and ‘contacts had already been established’ between the 29-year-old’s entourage and Zinedine Zidane’s side.
This was swiftly denied by various sources, but should there have been grounding to the report, it may be an indication as to where the intent lies at the Bernabeu approaching the summer transfer window.
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