Manchester City star Riyad Mahrez has denied claims that he and his teammates 'don't watch other teams' matches' and 'don't give a sh*t' about the rest of the Premier League.
The 30 year old was responding to accusations printed in The Sun this morning, which said that Mahrez had accused some of Pep Guardiola's squad of not showing interest in other teams whilst being interviewed by French TV show Canal Plus.
The article claims Mahrez said that on 'plenty' of occasions his teammates had asked him 'what happened in the game last night?', for matches as big as a Champions League Final. The piece also suggested that Mahrez felt that footballers 'shouldn't be' doing that and must share the 'passion' he has for the game.
However, the Algerian international, who has won three Premier League titles since moving to England in 2014, rejected these claims this morning, taking to Twitter to say 'never said this or anything close to this.'
:x: Never said this or anything close to this https://t.co/Jam6VzBwJn- Riyad Mahrez (@Mahrez22) September 2, 2021
He also included a red cross and three shushing emojis in his tweet.
The winger has enjoyed a fantastic four seasons at The Etihad Stadium. In addition to two titles in 2019 and 2021 respectively, Mahrez has lifted three League Cups, an FA Cup and Community Shield in 2019 and reached the Champions League Final in May earlier this year.
He's also enjoyed success on an international level, winning the African Cup of Nations in 2019, and was part of the PFA Team of the Year in 2016 for his efforts in Leicester City's stunning Premier League title win.
Mahrez is currently away with Algeria ahead of their World Cup Qualifiers against Djibouti and Burkina Faso. He and his teammate West Ham's Saïd Benrahma have been pictured in training without their famous blonde locks, reportedly at the request of manager Djamel Belmadi.
Blonde or not and regardless of what some newspapers suggest, Mahrez is still expected to play an important role in the next few months as his nation look to return to the World Cup for the first time since 2014 and his club aim to regain the Premier League crown for the 4th time in 5 years.
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