Pep Guardiola has addressed speculation that Riyad Mahrez will force a move out of Manchester City this summer.
The Daily Mail claimed that “forgotten man” Mahrez was unhappy with his game time this season and will explore any opportunity to leave The Etihad this summer.
The report claimed “Mahrez was making his displeasure known around the club’s City Football Academy training centre” after just 14 Premier League starts this season.
Guardiola was asked about the 28-year-old’d future at today’s news conference and dismissed the speculation.
Guardiola said: “Riyad Mahrez will be with us next season and the next one, and the next one. I don’t need to speak with him. He’s happy and he knows we are happy with him.”
The £60million summer signing from Leicester has made 42 appearances for City this term, but he has been an unused substitute in each of City’s last three games.
Guardiola said: “I am the reason (he has not played). He is absolutely not guilty.
“I am sad because he is training incredibly. He is an incredibly talented player but in this moment we have five strikers. In the last games Leroy hasn’t played.
“We have incredible players, like for example Bernardo and Raz (Sterling) in top, top form and that is the only reason why. There’s no particular reason, like being upset or something like that.
“He is a guy we are happy with but unfortunately I am not kind with him. In fact, I cannot give him the minutes he deserves, so I’m sorry. That’s all I can say.”