Mahrez explains why he wears number 26

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Manchester City winger Riyad Mahrez has explained why he wears number 26.

Since moving from Le Harve to Leicester City in 2014, the attacker has been donning the same jersey number since his arrival in England and he has explained why.

Mahrez helped Leicester City get promoted to the English Premier League and he played a big part in the club’s fairytale League triumph in the 2015/16 season.

Speaking to Manchester City TV, the 30-year-old said there were only two jersey numbers left when he arrived at Leicester, 26 and 28.

“The story behind the 26 is actually simple.

“When I arrived at Leicester, there were only two numbers left, 28 and 26. So I said, ‘Alright, I’ll take 26’ and it’s given me a lot of good things.

“I won the league with Leicester, got to a Champions League quarter-final and then I liked it and kept it.

“When I arrived here(Manchester City), I could’ve taken 11, but I preferred to stick with number 26.”

Mahrez has played a big role for City this season. He has scored 10 goals and registered five assists so far, including three goals in his last three Premier League outings.

Algeria national team coach coach Djamel Belmadi took a decision to rest the star when the Dessert Foxes took on Zambia in an Afcon qualifier on Thursday.

The encounter ended in a 3-3 draw and subsequently, Zambia’s hopes of reaching the continental showpiece in Cameroon next year came to an abrupt end.

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