The manager of Manchester City,Pep Guardiola has admitted that European clubs will experience an increase in player departures to Saudi Arabian teams.
Guardiola made these comments in his first media appearance after Riyad Mahrez’s £30 million transfer to Al Ahli was finalized.
According to reports, Mahrez will earn a staggering £750,000-per-week through his three-year contract.
Other notable Premier League players like Jordan Henderson, N’Golo Kante, Ruben Neves, Edouard Mendy, and Allan Saint-Maximin have also secured lucrative deals in Saudi Arabia.
Given these high-profile transfers, Guardiola anticipates that more footballers will now choose to move to the Middle East.
“A few months ago when Cristiano [Ronaldo] was the only one to go, no one thought this many top, top players would play in the Saudi league. In the future there will be more and that’s why clubs need to be aware of what is happening.
“Saudi is not about being a threat, it is a reality. They want to create a strong league and so far they are the league who can do it.
“The Premier League spent more than the others because the organisation is better and the broadcast rights are higher,” Guardiola said.