Former Manchester City defender set to take over as Algeria boss and coach Riyad Mahrez

Manchester City’s club-record signing Riyad Mahrez will soon be coached by a former Blue, with Djamel Belmadi on the brink of being named Algeria coach.

Belmadi had a successful trial at Maine Road in January 2003 after falling out of favour at Marseille and was signed on loan by Kevin Keegan, going on to make 8 appearances – 2 of them starts.

His most notable appearance came against Southampton on 11 May 2003 because that was the last ever league game at the historic Maine Road before the Blues moved to the City of Manchester Stadium – now called the Etihad Stadium.

Since his career as a player ended, Belmadi has become a prolific coach in Qatar, managing the national team and most recently Al-Duhail.

And according to Qatari newspaper Al Raya, he will be named the new Algeria manager either on Sunday or Monday following successful negotiations.

A City player from a former era will therefore be coaching a £60million City star from this new golden era.

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