Riyad Mahrez happy to fight for his place at Man City


Mahrez has welcomed the competition for a starting place at Manchester City and says it is good for the squad.

Riyad Mahrez says he is happy to fight for his place in Manchester City’s starting line-up this season.

After four failed bids for the Algeria international, City finally got their man for a club-record fee of £60m, signing the 27-year-old to a five-year deal at the Etihad.

But, with a squad already full of talent, there is no guarantee that the winger will walk straight into the Premier League champions’ team and Mahrez is prepared to battle it out on the training pitch.

“At all the big clubs there are great players,” Mahrez said. “Competition is part of football and it is good because everyone can improve. You can improve yourself and the squad. It is perfect.

“I am very happy to be here and to have signed to this club. To be the record (signing), I don’t think too much about this.

“The most important thing is I am here, I am happy and I am starting a new challenge.

“I am very confident in myself and I hope to help the team to improve.”

The move will come as a relief for Mahrez, after previously handing in multiple transfer requests at Leicester, and he spoke of his delight at finally joining.

“It is the past, I am looking forward now. I am very happy to be here.”

When asked about how he felt that City waited for him, Mahrez said: “It means a lot to me. I will give my best to this club.”