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Mahrez: I can help City improve

WELCOME RIYAD: City's new signing addressed the media on Thursday

WELCOME RIYAD: City's new signing addressed the media on Thursday

Riyad Mahrez believes he can help Manchester City become even better next season.

The Algerian completed his move from Leicester on Tuesday, signing a five-year deal with the Club.

And despite the Blues enjoying a record-breaking season in 2017-18, winning the Premier League title with record points, goals and wins, Mahrez says he has confidence in his ability to bring added impetus to Pep Guardiola’s squad.

“After what they have done, it’s amazing work," he said. "Breaking all records in the Premier League, which is unbelievable.

"I never thought about this [not being able to get into the side]. I am very confident about myself. I hope to help this team to improve."

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The capture of Mahrez ends a long pursuit for City, who first made a move during the January transfer window.

The deal failed to materialise then, but such is Guardiola’s admiration for the winger’s attacking quality, he instructed the Club to resurrect talks with Leicester once the window reopened this summer. 

Mahrez, though, is philosophical about the collapse of the transfer in January, describing his arrival this week as ‘destiny’ and talking of his happiness at confirming the switch.

“Maybe it could have happened sooner but it’s the destiny, it happened like this,” he said.

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“If I moved sooner, maybe I wouldn’t have been happy. Now I’m very happy to have moved to City. I don’t want to talk about the past too much. Now I’m here and it’s the most important.

"It means a lot for me. I’m very happy and I will give my best for this club.

"It’s the past. Now I'm here. I’m happy and we’re looking forward."

Maintaining City’s domestic dominance will be top of Guardiola’s list of priorities for the coming season – but improving our Champions League performance is also high on the boss’ agenda.

Last season saw us fall at the quarter-final stage to Liverpool, despite finishing 25 points ahead of the Anfield side in the Premier League, a moment that represented the low point of our campaign.

But Mahrez, who excelled in the competition during Leicester’s run to the quarter-finals in 2016-17, says we have all the tools necessary to achieve success in Europe.

“Of course. It’s a club who wants to win this type of trophy,” he said.

“The Champions League is for big clubs. City are a big club with everything needed to try to win the Champions League.

“It’s a goal. Now we will have to work and see what can happen.

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