However, after impressing for the Tigers under current Everton boss Marco Silva, he secured a £17 million move to Leicester last summer, and his impressive form for the 2015/16 Premier League Champions saw him force his way into England's World Cup squad, where he has continued to go from strength-to-strength.
And Leicester are also ready to discuss improved deals with two other World Cup stars, England's Jamie Vardy and Nigeria global Wilfred Ndidi, as they aim to keep the core of Claude Puel's squad together.
"Of course he deserves to play higher but Leicester are a good club as well, so let's see".
After three years with the Blades, he moved on to Hull City, where he spent another three years before switching to Leicester last summer for an initial fee of £12 million ($15.8m) that could increase to £17m ($22.3m).
He said: "After what City have done, it's awesome work", he said. That's why I made the decision to come here because I want to be part of that.
"If I moved sooner, maybe I wouldn't have been happy".
Mahrez did thank City for reigniting their interest in him this summer.
"I'm confident I can help the team", Mahrez said.
The Premier League outfit have been linked with a number of replacements in the form of City's Patrick Roberts and Lyon's Bertrand Traore, however Tuttosport have claimed they are now looking at Falque as a solution to their problems.
The reward of a starting berth in the three-man England defence comes after being an ever-present for the Foxes during their Premier League campaign, playing every minute of the season as Claude Puel's side finished ninth. Now I'm here and I'm happy. "It's a good thing".