Confident Mahrez expects important City role

Not just Pep, but Manchester City as a club appealed to Mahrez, who matches their ambitions to win the UEFA Champions League. It's a goal. Now we have to work and see what can happen.

After four failed bids for the Algeria global, 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. The Champions League is for big clubs and Manchester City are a big club. "I want to help this team improve and I believe that is what the manager wants". Pep is committed to playing attacking football, which is ideal for me, and City's performances last season were outstanding.

"The prices have been big in every country".

Now he has finally got his big move and he has no fear battling it out for places with the likes of Leroy Sane, Raheem Sterling, Kevin De Bruyne and David Silva. 'Competition is part of football.

He said: "I'm very confident about myself and I hope to help this team to improve".

"Everyone can improve and the squad can improve, it's ideal".

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'He's a big manager, has won a lot of things and written a story in this club as well.

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

'They broke all the records in the Premier League which is unbelievable and I never wavered.

"I wanted to work under him and to play in this club".

Mahrez also heaped praise on England after they were knocked out of the World Cup by Croatia on Wednesday night. He has been in contact with former team-mates Harry Maguire and Jamie Vardy over the last month.

"I'm very happy to be here, to have signed for this club", said Mahrez. They deserve a lot of credit for what they have achieved because reaching the semi final is very, very hard.

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