Manchester City striker was not included in the 25-man squad for Wednesday’s pre-season tour of Japan and South Korea amid reports of a move to Al Ahli worth up to 30 million pounds ($38.7 million).
Mahrez has been given permission not to go on the tour provided City receive an offer in line with his valuation of the Algerian, who moved from Leicester in 2018.
City has not officially confirmed agreeing a deal for Mahrez with Al Ahli, the Jeddah-based team that signed goalkeeper Edouard Mendy from Chelsea and striker Roberto Firmino this offseason after his contract with Liverpool expired.
A number of other soccer stars have moved to Saudi Arabia’s Pro League this offseason as the oil-rich kingdom attempts to raise the profile of its league.
The Norwegian team’s hotel was in close proximity to the scene of the shooting, which took place in the city’s tourist district near the harbor’s ferry terminal. Norwegian national team captain Maren Mjelde said team members were awakened by a helicopter hovering near the hotel.
We felt safe the whole time,” Mjelde said in a statement. FIFA has a good security system at the hotel and we have our own security officer in the team. Everyone seems calm and we are preparing for today’s game as normal.
Officials at Eden Park stadium, where the game was to be played after the intenearby.
The world soccer governing body has been informed that this is an isolated incident unrelated to soccer operations and the opening match will go ahead as planned, FIFA said in a statement.
Tourism New Zealand canceled a welcome party that was to have been held Thursday afternoon at a venue within a cordoned-off area that includes many of the hotels housing the participating teams.
The U.S. Women’s National Team hotel is also in close proximity to the shooting, and in a statement, the team expressed sadness at the inexcusable loss of life due to gun violence, and our thoughts are with the people of Auckland/Tamaki Makaurau and Aotearoa New Zealand.
Jennifer Dearing, a tourist from Orlando, Florida, was shocked to learn of the shooting after her tour guide had previously assured her that Auckland was very safe except for petty thieves.
She then went about her business.
It’s sad that it’s normal for Americans to see this kind of thing on the news, she added.
The month-long, 32-team tournament is co-hosted by New Zealand and Australia, where the finals will be held Aug. 20. Both countries have strict gun laws and fatal shootings are rare.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims and their families during this difficult time. As peace-loving
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