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Riyad Mahrez hopes his versatility will prove to be a major asset for his new Club.

The Algerian, who completed his long-awaited move to City from Leicester on Tuesday, is flexible in terms of his positioning and says he is more than happy to occupy any role for the benefit of the team.

“I’m an offensive-minded player,” he told press. “(In the role of) attacking, right or left midfield.

“I have no problem with positions. I will play wherever the manager wants me to play and we’ll talk about that later.

“The most important thing is not the need to play every week – it’s about the team. I’m here to help and improve the squad and the manager will decide.

“It’s more important to help the team win games and trophies.”

Asked whether he knew many friendly faces at his new Club, Mahrez also revealed he has a good friendship with Benjamin Mendy.

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“I used to play with him in France,” he explained. “I know some players from playing every season against each other.

“I spoke with Benji a lot and he said good things about the Club.  I’m very happy to be here.”

Mahrez, who was unveiled at the Etihad Stadium to fans on Thursday afternoon, also spoke of his previous visits to City with Leicester, asserting the Blues carried a fear factor for their opposition.

“We (Leicester) knew it was a big team,” he recalled, “Especially at home.

“We thought we could beat them but we didn’t – we lost.

“When you play a team like City, you try to defend and counter and see if you can have chances.

“Last season, we lost away and at home. With City winning every game, before your game, you’d think you would lose and that it would be difficult.

“In football, playing big games makes you feel a little bit – not scared but – (anxious). We knew it would be difficult.

“I am confident I can help the team and have an impact. I showed in the last three years in the Premier League that I deserve to play at the highest level. I have to show it.”