Manchester City star Riyad Mahrez has emphasised his commitment to his club amid Arsenal transfer rumours.
The forward has said he “doesn’t see higher” than the reigning Premier League champions after winning a hoard of trophies since signing for the side in 2018.
Mahrez has lifted the league, Carabao Cup and FA Cup at the Sky Blues and has insisted he wants to continue on his journey at City.
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 Guardiola wants you, it’s flattering. The acclimatisation here was not easy, but our relationship today, everyone knows [is great],” he told YouTube channel Oui Hustle .
The fact Mahrez is looking to pursue trophies may be why he will steer clear of Arsenal as they failed to qualify for European football for the first time in 25 years last season.
City, on the other hand, came close to lifting the Champions League trophy in the last term after losing 1-0 to Chelsea in the final.
After winning the league City have secured their spot in the competition once again and will be chasing the trophy that has eluded the club.
Mahrez isn’t the only star who Guardiola has managed to keep at the side as Fernandinho signed a one-year contract extension recently.
One player the manager is still looking to replace is Sergio Aguero who departed the club at the end of last season.
City’s main targets have been Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Haaland and Tottenham’s Harry Kane.
The England captain’s club future was said to be revealed after Euro 2020 was over and, with the tournament’s conclusion last Sunday, a deal with the striker could be announced soon.
Like Mahrez, Kane is in pursuit of club glory.
He told Gary Neville on The Overlap in May: “There’s definitely a conversation to be had with the club.
“It’s a moment in my career where I have to kind of reflect and see where I’m at and have a good, honest conversation with the chairman
“As players you don’t know what the chairman is thinking. He might want to sell me.
“He might be thinking, ‘If I could get £100m then why not?’ I’m not going to be worth that for the next two or three years.
“I’m sure that [Levy] will want to set out the plan of where he sees it but ultimately it’s going to be down to me and how I feel and what’s going to be the best for me and my career at this moment in time.”
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