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Real Madrid Face Stiff Competition For This Manchester City Winger: Is He Worth The Fight?

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In a recent report, Foot Mercato revealed that Real Madrid are facing stiff competition for Manchester City winger Riyad Mahrez. It has been mentioned that Los Blancos will have to rival AC Milan, Chelsea, Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain in pursuit of the Algeria international.

Mahrez’s Excellent Run Of Form In English Football This Season

Mahrez is enjoying another impressive campaign at the Etihad Stadium as he has been responsible for producing several match-winning displays on the right side of Pep Guardiola’s attack. The France-born wide player has found the back of the net on 23 occasions and secured nine assists in 43 appearances for the Mancunian giants this season on all fronts.

The 31-year-old has been a consistent performer in the final third based on his average of 2.3 shots, 1.4 key passes and 0.9 dribbles per 90 minutes in the Premier League. He has even been excellent when distributing possession in the opposition half after making 90% of his attempted passes in league football (stats via whoscored).

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MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – APRIL 25: Riyad Mahrez of Manchester City trains during the Manchester City Training Session at Manchester City Football Academy on April 25, 2022 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Charlotte Tattersall/Getty Images)
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Real Madrid Face Stiff Competition For Mahrez: Is He Worth The Fight?

Mahrez remains a brilliant dribbler with the ball as he has got the quickness and trickery to cause a lot of problems for the opposition defenders.

The Algerian sensation has been consistent with his productivity in the final third. Plus, he hardly gives away the ball cheaply in the opponent’s half. Mahrez is primarily a right-sided wide player but can also play as a right-winger or operate as an attacking midfielder down the middle if needed.

The former Leicester City wing wizard will be a fantastic acquisition for Los Blancos if they can find a way to win the race for his services this summer.

At 31, Mahrez has still got a few good years left in him to play at a high level and could help Real Madrid win a few trophies over the next few years. Hence, it makes sense for the Madrid giants to engineer a move to land him in this off-season. With all things considered, Mahrez will be well worth the fight, so Carlo Ancelotti should consider going all out to secure the signature of the Manchester City star at the end of this season.

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