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Mahrez relishing unique pre-season experience

Riyad Mahrez says he and the squad are enjoying the change of pace that a pre-season tour presents ahead of the new 2022/23 season.

City face Club America and Bayern Munich in Houston and Green Bay respectively as the squad sharpens up for our first competitive fixture against Liverpool in the Community Shield.

And the Algerian explained he is relishing the chance of experiencing a new culture and the opportunity to meet City fans from around the world.

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He also added that testing ourselves in the Texas heat will act as a further catalyst to boost the fitness levels in the early throes of the campaign.

“It’s always good to go away and see different cities. We’re enjoying it here, it’s very hot but it’s nice to go away from your routine.

“It’s good for the fitness as well, there’s many advantages in the heat. It’s difficult but we have to get used to it.

“We’re professional, we’re going to adapt in any way, and we will see.

“It’s very good to meet other people from other countries and cities as well and you see all the young kids and how happy they are, that’s the most important thing for us.”

Mahrez has also looked ahead to each of our pre-season friendlies, insisting that the chance to pit our wits against new sides will stand us in good stead for our Community Shield showdown with Liverpool later this month.

“They’re games we want to win, of course, but nobody’s fully fit yet,” he explained ahead of our matches against Club America and Bayern Munich.

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“It’s always good to play different teams from different countries and in a different city.

“Bayern Munich are a very good team and (former City teammate) Leroy (Sane) as well is a good player. We played together for two or three years, and it will be good to see him.

“Obviously I don’t know if we’ll be 100% (for the Community Shield), but we’ll be close.

"We’re always used to being busy in pre-season, we’re all very happy, we like the training and the way we prepare because it’s the way we all see football.”