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Mahrez: I want to win everything with City

Riyad Mahrez says he extended his stay with City because he wants to keep winning trophies.

The Algerian wing wizard will now remain at the Club until 2025 after adding another two years to his current deal.

HIs 189 appearances for City and 63 goals equate exactly to a goal every three games and he is undoubtedly playing some of the best football of his career.


Asked why he decided to increase his time with the Premier League champions, Mahrez said: “To win again. All the time. That’s the only thing that drives us, to win again.

“Win everything we can. Win the first game and then the second and the third and keep going and at the end we will see what we can achieve.

“We are big and our mentality even in training is that we want to win. I want to win.

“That is part of my character and my personality, but I think all the players who arrive here and get to know the team and get to know the club and get to know the manager, we have no choice other than winning."

Asked how Pep Guardiola had influenced his career, he said: “I have improved a lot under him. Everyone is happy.

“I hope we are going to achieve more things during this season and all the years to come.

“I play differently than I did at Leicester where I wasn’t thinking about anything.

“I was just playing and doing my own thing. At City, with my age and the way we play it is so different. It is just different games, but the basis is the same.

"You always need competition to push you. I see the competition as a good thing. I have always had competition wherever I was but here the competition is higher, and it has made me a better player.”

Mahrez admits he was delighted to see Erling Haaland join the club this summer.

The Norwegian is likely to profit many times from Mahrez trickery and vision, and Riyad believes he is a terrific signing – one he hopes he influenced to come to City!

“I think he is a very good signing for us,” he said.

“He is a good striker who can score goals, different from the strikers we had in the past but a very good addition to the team and I hope he is going to improve the level of the team and help us to win things.

“I saw him in Mykonos two years ago and he said to me that he really wanted to come, and I said, ‘yeah, you should because it’s the best club’ and year later he is here!”

Mahrez believes City have done smart business elsewhere, too with Kalvin Phillips, Julian Alvarez and Stefan Ortega Moreno all recently arriving at the Club.

“I think they are good signings,” he said.

“We trust the club. They always make good signings, and they are always doing the right things.

“We believed even before we seen them that they are good players and more after we have seen them in training, they are, so we are happy.”

Mahrez, who has won eight major trophies in four seasons at the Etihad, admits he would love to have a winner’s medal for the one trophy that is missing from his collection at the moment.

And as our top scorer in the Champions League for the past two seasons, he will do all he can to make that dream a reality.

“It is the best competition for everyone, with the Premier League,” he said.

“But the Champions League is a different test.

“When I play in the Champions League, I love playing in big games and I love playing quarter-finals, semi-finals and loved reaching the final.

“That’s what we were dreaming of when we were young and to live it is the best present you can have.”

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