Riyad Mahrez's wife opens up on new life in Saudi after his brutal response to Man City exit
Riyad Mahrez's wife, Taylor Ward, has shared her feelings about their move to Saudi Arabia.
She admitted that she was "overwhelmed" when the winger told her they were moving and the former Manchester City player's blunt response to her worries "still haunts me". This moment is featured in a new Amazon Prime Video series called 'Married to the Game', which follows Premier League stars and their partners.
Mahrez left City for Al-Ahli in the Saudi Pro League last summer, joining other big names like ex-Liverpool star Roberto Firmino. In the show, we see the moment Mahrez tells his wife about the move.
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Taylor says: "Riyad rung me and basically told me that 'we're moving to Saudi'." When Taylor expresses her concerns about being alone, the Premier League and Champions League winner simply replies: "It's part of the game innit."
Speaking to the Daily Mail about it, Taylor said: "That line haunts me. I keep seeing it on social media. That whole week was just an emotional rollercoaster really.
"It was a huge shock and I had absolutely no idea. One day we were planning for Riyad to go back to pre-season with City and then overnight we were moving to Saudi and I was planning this whole move.
"I think it was just very overwhelming at the time and a massive shock because I just didn't see it coming at all." Ward confessed that she was "surprised" by the move to Saudi Arabia, but she misses her family and friends.
"The vibe is just very different," she explained. "It's a lot more chilled out there, it's quieter and calmer, whereas in Manchester life is