Champions League is target for record City signing Mahrez

ACTION MAN Phil Foden was among those put through their paces at the CFA today

Champions League is target for record City signing Mahrez

'Since the day he came to Leicester, the season he had last season as well, it doesn't surprise me to see him succeeding at the World Cup.

However, Mahrez finally got his wish of signing for the Citizens this week, and has since explained his desire to compete in the UEFA Champions League and play under Pep Guardiola.

The reward of a starting berth in the three-man England defence comes after being an ever-present for the Foxes during their Premier League campaign, playing every minute of the season as Claude Puel's side finished ninth.

Like everyone else Mahrez has been watching the World Cup this summer, keeping in touch with Harry Maguire and Jamie Vardy and sharing the Leicester pair's pain when England went out.

The Premier League outfit have been linked with a number of replacements in the form of City's Patrick Roberts and Lyon's Bertrand Traore, however Tuttosport have claimed they are now looking at Falque as a solution to their problems.

Centre-back Maguire could now also find himself a man in demand as a result of his eye-catching performances during England's run to the semi-finals in Russian Federation. "I don't want to talk about the past".

Riyad Mahrez revealed Manchester City had rivals beaten before kick-off during their record-breaking season. "I showed in the last three years in the Premier League that I deserve to play at the highest level and now I have to show it". I am very happy to be here and will try to give my best for the club. "I am very confident about myself", he added.

The 27-year-old Algerian worldwide forward had wanted to move to the champions in January but City baulked at the £80 million fee Leicester demanded at the time. We didn't think we were going to lose but we did.

What happened then is something Mahrez wants to put behind him. Now I'm here now and I'm happy. "It's a good thing". "If I'd moved sooner maybe I wouldn't have been happy, I don't know".

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