MANCHESTER City star Riyad Mahrez has split from his wife — and is now dating the daughter of a Real Housewives of Cheshire star.
Mahrez, 28, has been on a string of dates with fashion student Taylor Ward, 22 — daughter of ITVBe reality star Dawn, 46 — after he officially called time on his marriage.
He hired a private room at Manchester’s trendy Ivy Asia — and footed the £5,000 tab.
The duo were also seen leaving the VIP area of the city’s China White nightclub on New Year’s Eve, and have told family and friends about their relationship.
Last night, a source close to the Man City winger said: “Riyad and Taylor get on brilliantly, and initially started hanging out as mates. He thinks she’s gorgeous, and has joined her and her pals for a few group dates.
“They’ve been friends for a while but Taylor refused to go there romantically until she knew his marriage was over. She is very much a girls’ girl and would never break that code.
“Taylor is stunning and Riyad’s team-mates have been ribbing him about how he’s been punching above his weight.”
She cheered on her new man in the Manchester derby at the Etihad on Wednesday when City made it to the EFL Cup final.
Her dad, Ashley, 49, is a former professional footballer who retired from the game in 2005.
Mahrez, the French-born captain of Algeria, has been wed to aspiring pop star Rita, 25, for six years.
However, in December Rita, who recently released her first single, was seen flirting with boxing champ Anthony Joshua at London’s Tape nightclub.
And in the summer she caught the eye of another boxer, US ace Deontay Wilder.