Published: Thu, July 12, 2018
Sports | By Johanna Francis

Riyad Mahrez unconcerned by Manchester City competition: 'I never thought about that'

Riyad Mahrez unconcerned by Manchester City competition: 'I never thought about that'

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.

The Algerian, who insisted he is relishing the fight for a first-team berth under Pep Guardiola, believes City can go all the way in Europe.

He said: "The Champions League is for big clubs, they're a big club, they have everything to try to win it". The Champions League is for big clubs and Manchester City are a big club.

City set a host of records as they powered to Premier League title glory last season and transferring that success to the European stage is now one of the club's next aims. Pep is committed to playing attacking football, which is ideal for me, and City's performances last season were outstanding. They're redefining the English game and I wanted to be a part of it.

"The prices have been big in every country".

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However, he is fully aware that he faces a significant battle to get into the starting line-up, with competition from Leroy Sane, Raheem Sterling and Bernardo Silva for the wide roles. 'Competition is part of football. Everyone can improve and you can improve the squad.

"If I moved sooner, maybe i would have been happy, now I'm happy to be here. the most important thing. I am very confident about myself". England have been very good, they were unlucky last night, but have a lot of credit for what they've achieved, ' he said.

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

"They have everything they need to succeed in the Champions League and that's where I want to play. I will give my best to this club".

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