Mahrez says Leicester centre-back Maguire 'deserves to play higher'

Mahrez says Leicester centre-back Maguire 'deserves to play higher'

Manchester City's record signing, Riyad Mahrez, is confident he cannot only break into the champions' first team but also help improve it.

Yet after his club record £60million move to the Etihad Stadium he joins a team already bristling with attacking talent.

The Champions League is for big clubs, they're a big club. They broke all the Premier League records which is unbelievable, but no I never thought about this. It is a goal.

"I'm very happy to be here, to have signed for this club", he told City's official website.

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.

One obstacle is the transfer window closing early on August 9, when England's players will only have just returned from their holidays.

Mahrez was keen to steer discussion away from that issue as he took questions from media.

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However, Torino are eager to keep hold of one of their prized assets and would only part with the Spaniard if they received a substantial offer. This is the past and we are looking forward now. Now I'm here and it's the most important. "I am happy, I am starting a new challenge in my life". "It's a good thing".

What happened then is something Mahrez wants to put behind him.

"It means a lot for me". I thought what City did previous year was incredible, it was unbelievable to break all those Premier League records, but I am confident about myself.

The final fee represents a considerable reduction on the £95million Leicester were reportedly asking for in January but it is still a sizeable outlay, eclipsing the £57million City paid for Aymeric Laporte last season. I am very confident about myself.

Mahrez, however, believes he is capable of breaking into Pep Guardiola's plans. He's a leader. I think Leicester are going to have an terrible time trying to hang onto him. I didn't hesitate at all.

"After what they've done, of course it is fantastic work". I hope to help this team to improve.

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