Riyad Mahrez ready to lead Champions League charge for Manchester City

Riyad Mahrez ready to lead Champions League charge for Manchester City

Winning the Champions League is the main reason Riyad Mahrez wanted to join Manchester City for a club record fee of £60million ($79million) he told a press conference on Thursday.

City were knocked out in the quarter-finals by Liverpool last season and Mahrez said: 'They have everything to try and win it. The Champions League is for big clubs and Manchester City are a big club.

Despite City spending £60m on the 27-year-old, questions have been asked about where the former Leicester forward will fit into Pep Guardiola's plans.

"It's a club which wants to win the Champions League". Pep is committed to playing attacking football, which is flawless for me, and City's performances last season were outstanding. "I want to help this team improve and I believe that is what the manager wants".

Mahrez said: "The prices have been very big in every country so it doesn't affect me".

The Algeria global faces competition for his place, with Leroy Sane, Bernardo Silva, Kevin de Bruyne and Raheem Sterling already operating on the wing but Mahrez says every club has "great" players and competition is "part of football". "Competition is part of football and it is good because everyone can improve".

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

Speaking about his new boss Pep Guardiola, Mahrez added: "Pep is a big manager who has won a lot of things and made history at this club".

"I am very confident in myself and I hope to help the team to improve". They broke all the records in the Premier League, which is unbelievable.

'If I moved sooner then maybe I wouldn't have been happy.

Mahrez also heaped praise on England after they were knocked out of the World Cup by Croatia on Wednesday night. 'It's very hard. They could've won the game yesterday'.

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