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Riyad Mahrez came very close to joining Arsenal in 2016 and bemoans ‘losing two years at the highest level’

Riyad Mahrez
came close to joining Arsenal three years in the past (Picture: Getty Images)

Riyad Mahrez believes Leicester City price him ‘two years at the highest level’ as he was blocked from joining Arsenal in 2016.

The Algerian was considered one of the stars of the Leicester aspect that prompted a monumental shock to win the Premier League title in 2016.

However, he was eager to go away the Foxes after lifting the trophy, and says he was extraordinarily close to making the change to the Gunners in the weeks after the exceptional success.

His former employers stopped him making the transfer to north London and Mahrez remains to be bitter about having to wait till 2018 to be part of Manchester City and attain the ‘highest level.’

‘After the title, if I’d left for a prime staff, it wouldn’t have been the identical story,’ Mahrez advised France Football. ‘For me, it’s clear that I misplaced two years at the highest stage. I misplaced two years! Because as an alternative of arriving at City at 27, I might have been there at 24, 25.

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‘Leicester blocked me. They advised me: “You’re not leaving, you’re not leaving”.

Riyad Mahrez
Mahrez lifted the title with Leicester City in 2016 (Picture: Getty Images)

‘My agent had spoken to [Arsene] Wenger who actually wished me. It was practically all carried out with Arsenal in 2016.

‘I was really frustrated. It wasn’t simple to go from being the greatest participant in the Premier League to being part of a staff combating in opposition to relegation. It’s not the identical job. Everyone is ready for you round the nook.’

The 28-year-old received the Premier League, FA Cup and EFL Cup with City in his first season at the membership final marketing campaign after making a £60m transfer from Leicester.

He has performed commonly thus far this season, making 14 appearances in all competitions, scoring three objectives in the course of after netting 12 occasions final season.

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