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08:55  12 november  2019
08:55  12 november  2019 Source:   goal.com

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Manchester City winger Riyad Mahrez claims he almost joined Arsenal in 2016 and accused Leicester City of costing him " two years at the highest level". Mahrez finally got his wish in July 2018 when he joined City for a reported £60million and he won a Premier League, FA Cup and EFL

Riyad Mahrez wanted to leave Leicester City two years earlier than when he finally departed for Manchester City. Manchester City winger Riyad Mahrez claims he almost joined Arsenal in 2016 and accused Leicester City of costing him " two years at the highest level".

Riyad Mahrez holding a football ball: Manchester City winger Riyad Mahrez © Getty Images Manchester City winger Riyad Mahrez

Manchester City winger Riyad Mahrez claims he almost joined Arsenal in 2016 and accused Leicester City of costing him "two years at the highest level".

Algeria international Mahrez was the star turn in the Foxes side that shocked the football world to win the Premier League title in the 2015-16 campaign under Claudio Ranieri.

However, the Foxes struggled in their defence the following season and Mahrez sought a move away from the King Power Stadium.

Riyad Mahrez © Getty Images Riyad Mahrez

Mahrez finally got his wish in July 2018 when he joined City for a reported £60million and he won a Premier League, FA Cup and EFL Cup treble in his maiden campaign.

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Manchester City winger Riyad Mahrez claims he almost joined Arsenal in 2016 and accused Leicester City of costing him " two years at the highest level". Mahrez finally got his wish in July 2018 when he joined City for a reported £60million and he won a Premier League, FA Cup and EFL

Manchester City winger Riyad Mahrez claims he almost joined Arsenal in 2016 and accused Leicester City of costing him " two years at the Mahrez finally got his wish in July 2018 when he joined City for a reported £60million and he won a Premier League, FA Cup and EFL Cup treble in his

But the 28-year-old felt he should have been allowed to move on sooner.

Speaking to France Football, Mahrez said: "After the title-winning year, if I was in a top team, it would not have been the same story.

Riyad Mahrez © Getty Images Riyad Mahrez

"For me, it is clear that I lost two years at the very highest level. I lost two years!

"Because instead of being at City at 27, I could have been there at 24 or 25. Leicester blocked me. They told me: 'You cannot go, you cannot go!'

"My agent had talked with [Arsene] Wenger, who really wanted to sign me, [and] it was almost done with Arsenal in the summer of 2016... I was really frustrated.

"It's not easy to go from being the PFA Players' Player of the Year to being part of a team fighting for Premier League survival. It's not the same job.

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Riyad Karim Mahrez (Arabic: رياض كريم محرز‎; born 21 February 1991) is a professional footballer who plays as a winger for Premier League club Manchester City and captains the Algerian national team.

Riyad Mahrez claims Leicester ’s reluctance to sell him to Arsenal in 2016 means he has “lost two years ” of his career , with the Algerian forced to wait on Manchester City to do a deal. Arsenal were among those to make a move , but Leicester refused to sanction the sale of a prized asset and made

"Everyone is waiting on you and expects you to perform."

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Leicester are second in the Premier League and in the title race for the first time since they won a shock crown in 2016 – here's what Brendan Rodgers has got right this season— Leicester City (@LCFC) November 1, 2019

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