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Media watch: Mahrez reaction and Sterling praise

It’s that time again – it’s your Wednesday media round-up!

In today’s media watch we take a look at what the back pages are saying about our newest recruit Riyad Mahrez as well as all the latest from the World Cup…

First up, we start with reaction to our latest signing.

Yesterday evening, we announced that Mahrez had completed the move to City from Leicester.

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The 27-year-old – who won the title with the Foxes in 2016 – has signed a five-year contract with us and has opted to take the number 26 shirt. 

Speaking to CityTV after completing the move, Mahrez says he can’t wait to get started at City, a Club he feels offers him both a chance to win silverware and an environment in which he can improve his own game.

“I am so pleased to have joined City, a side playing great football under Pep Guardiola,” Mahrez said.

“Watching them from afar has been a pleasure. Pep is committed to playing attacking football, which is a perfect 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.

“I think we can be successful over the coming years and I believe my own game can develop under Pep’s management.”

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Former City forward Darius Vassell believes that Mahrez’ move to the club could make him a “world star”.

Speaking to Sky Sports about our signing, Vassell said: "I think he will rise to the occasion, that's what great players do.”

"Pep Guardiola will look at him as a player and will want to improve him and probably make him the world star he deserves to be.

"It might take time for him to bed in and he might not get as much match play as he would want given the talent that Manchester City have in their squad.

"But when he does get his foot on the ground and running, we are going to get beautiful football once again from Manchester City.

"I think his preferred position is coming off the right onto his left foot. It just gives City an extra dimension and is a great signing.

"He did his best at Leicester but it is about time we saw him at a top team."

Onto the World Cup now, as France secured a place in the final over Belgium last night after sealing a 1-0 victory in Russia.

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Although Kevin De Bruyne won't be in the final, he recently thanked Pep for “making football easier”.

"He's helped me grow a lot as an individual player, he's made football easier,” KDB told reporters, as quoted in Sports Mole.

"In the national team we do different things. However, we can say that Belgium has a similar style to Manchester City in the sense that we like to play with the ball and attack."

De Bruyne and Vincent Kompany played the full 90 minutes in the semi-final, while Benjamin Mendy remained on the bench as an unused substitute for finalists France.

Finally, as England prepare to take on Croatia in a bid to make it to the final, Raheem Sterling has received praise from the media as well as Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate.

The Daily Mail reports that the likes of Gary Neville, David Beckham and Gary Lineker voiced their bewilderment at any criticism that had come Sterling’s way regarding his latest performance.

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The newspaper quoted Southgate as he stated he was delighted with the 23-year-old’s contribution: “If you are talking about attacking patterns, Raheem has been instrumental in them. We are really pleased with his contribution. He's appreciated by the team.”

Teammate Eric Dier also joined the debate with words of support for Sterling, and was quoted in the Manchester Evening News: “Raheem's attitude is fantastic, his work ethic is fantastic as well. He offers so much to the team.”

“He has quality in possession, links the play, makes runs in behind and off the ball his work-rate is incredible.

“It's so clear to see if you were to watch back all our games up to now the importance he has to the team. I think he's had a fantastic tournament so far and hopefully that can continue in the next week.”

Finally, we announced yesterday that our women's team will kick-off preparations for the 2018/19 campaign with a friendly against Paris Saint-Germain in Portland on 24 July.

The two sides will lock horns at Merlo Field at Clive Charles Soccer Complex at the University of Portland, ahead of the inaugural Women's International Champions Cup tournament in Miami.

The clash, which kicks off at 7pm, will see City striker Nadia Nadim return to her former hunting ground. The forward joined City from the Portland Thorns in January 2018, helping the American side to the NWSL Shield by finishing the season as top goalscorer.

The two sides will then travel to Miami's Hard Rock Stadium for the WICC games on 26 and 29 July. City face European Champions Lyon on matchday one, while PSG will encounter the North Carolina Courage.

The victors play in the final on 29 July, before a third-place play-off will also take place the same day at 6pm.

Tickets for the game in Portland start at just $10 and can be purchased at the following link.

That’s all for today’s media watch but we will be back tomorrow morning with all the latest from the back pages!

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