Manchester City winger, Riyad Mahrez has said Leicester City’s reluctance to sell him to Arsenal 3 years ago made him lose two years of his career.
According to him, the deal falling through meant he had to wait on Manchester City to do a deal.
He said it was not easy to move from being the best player in the Premier League to being a part of a team fighting against relegation.
His words, “After the title, if I’d left for a top team, it wouldn’t have been the same story.
“For me, it’s clear that I lost two years at the highest level. I lost two years! Because instead of arriving at City at 27, I could have been there at 24, 25.
“Leicester blocked me. They told me: ‘You’re not leaving, you’re not leaving’.
“My agent had spoken to [Arsene] Wenger who really wanted me. It was nearly all done with Arsenal in 2016. I was really frustrated.
“It wasn’t easy to go from being the best player in the Premier League to being a part of a team fighting against relegation.
“It’s not the same job. Everyone is waiting for you around the corner.”
On Pep, “He is a winner, he is there to make us progress,”
“Guardiola, he’ll explain everything to us, decrypt everything, from A to Z, with the aim of determining the match. He is focused on every game.”