Date:1st December 2021 at 4:54pm
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Manchester City have started this season in a similar fashion to the way that they finished the last one, having won nine of their opening 13 league matches. 

Pep Guardiola’s side are looking to defend their Premier League crown, and currently sit second in the table, just a point behind leaders Chelsea.

Despite all of the talk of City lacking a striker before the start of the season, Guardiola’s side have coped well without any new signings up front.

Gabriel Jesus, Raheem Sterling, Phil Foden and Kevin De Bruyne have all been in good form for the Citizens in the early stages of the campaign, although it remains to be seen whether or not they can maintain their impressive form without new recruitments.

With that in mind, it appears that City are already looking to the future, and trying to tie one of their current players down to a new long term deal.

As per The Sun, City are intent on agreeing a new deal with winger Riyad Mahrez, who is entering into the final 18 months of his current contract.

The Algerian winger, who currently earns around £160,000-per-week, has reportedly been persuaded to commit his future to the club and is now happy to stay in Manchester.

Mahrez has started just three Premier League matches this season.

Despite making 10 league appearances so far this term, the 30-year-old has only started three games, however he is apparently content with extending his stay.

Mahrez is believed to be next on City’s list of players to offer a new and improved deal to.

French giants Paris Saint-Germain had been linked with the player as it had previously been reported that he was growing disgruntled at the club, however it now looks more likely that he will sign a new deal and stay put in Manchester.

The winger will travel to play in the African Cup of Nations in January, meaning that he could miss as much as a month of the domestic season whilst he represents Algeria in the tournament in Cameroon.

 
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