Arsenal have been linked with a move for Manchester City winger Riyad Mahrez this summer with now less than two years remaining on his contract at the Etihad Stadium.
The 30-year-old, who signed for City in the summer of 2018 for around £61million from Leicester City, has been involved in plenty of speculation, alongside his team-mate Raheem Sterling.
However, Mahrez has made it clear that he is happy with the 2020/21 Premier League champions and does not believe there is a step up from where he is at the moment.
Talking in an interview with YouTube channel Oui Hustle, he said: “What if I want to go higher? I do not see what is higher [than Manchester City].
“To try another championship [elsewhere]? No. I really love England and English football is wonderful. I don’t want to leave. I still have goals to pursue here.
“When you see [Pep] Guardiola wants you, it’s flattering. The acclimatisation here was not easy, but our relationship today, everyone knows [it is great].”
But with his deal in Manchester due to expire in 2023, his future remains up in the air as things stand.
Arsenal are on the hunt for a creative player despite Emile Smith Rowe signing a contract extension recently and Mahrez certainly fits the bill.
The Algeria international got his pre-season off to a flying start on Tuesday, where he opened the scoring for City in a 2-0 win over Championship side Preston North End.
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Mahrez, in typical style, found the net with a brilliant curling free-kick for Pep Guardiola ‘s side.
City went on to score again through Samuel Edozie, who doubled the Premier League side’s lead on 64 minutes.
Meanwhile, Arsenal – who are reportedly keen on Mahrez – are still chasing the signature of Martin Odegaard from Real Madrid, understands.
Odegaard spent the second half of the 2020/21 campaign on loan with the Gunners, but it looked almost certain that he would be staying with Los Blancos for the upcoming season.
The Norway midfielder wants to fight for his place under Carlo Ancelotti, but it is understood that he is keen on returning to north London.
As well as this, James Maddison is another man on Arsenal’s shortlist this summer and while there has been no formal approach to Leicester City, the Gunners have sounded out the possibility of signing the England midfielder through intermediaries.
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