With his focus on winning many more titles at Etihad Stadium, Riyad Mahrez deliberates over his Manchester City future.
Mahrez has won one league title since arriving at City. He has also lifted the FA Cup. Under Guardiola, Mahrez has enjoyed winning three Carabao Cups, the latest one arriving on Sunday.
And the Algeria international is only focused on City’s present pursuit of more major silverware. He has his eye on more prizes despite approaching the final two years of his contract. The expiration of his current deal is therefore due in 2023.
Asked if he plans to stay at the Etihad beyond this, Mahrez told a press conference on Tuesday: “I don’t really think about this, I’m good here at Man City, I love the club, everyone around it, I love the city.
“I concentrate on the team and trying to win things together and we’ll see.”
Champions League Plight
As Mahrez deliberates over his Manchester City future, he also relives the most difficult moment of his career yet.
The most trying time in Mahrez’s City career came when they suffered a surprise quarter-final defeat. Pep Guardiola’s side lost to Lyon in the Champions League last season.
As a result, City ended up finishing the campaign with only the League Cup despite tremendous consistency.
“It was a big disappointment last season when we lost the Champions League,” Mahrez said, ahead of their UCL first leg at Parc des Princes this midweek.
Now, the 30-year-old is hoping they can go all the way in Europe this time around. They play their semi-final against Paris Saint-Germain, with both teams never having won the UCL title.
He recollects last season, however: “The problem is when we lost we went straight on holiday, so you’re very disappointed and then you just have to think about next season and try to refocus.”
“The seasons before we had to stay focused to win the league. I think last season was the biggest disappointment of my career to not go through to the semi-final and beat Lyon,” he added.
“It helped us a lot this season because we were so, so determined to go through. Obviously, the last seasons as well but this year we had those experiences and I think we were much better.”