Riyad Mahrez talks up former Leicester team-mate Harry Maguire

Riyad Mahrez talks up former Leicester team-mate Harry Maguire

Riyad Mahrez didn't hesitate to sign for Manchester City despite facing a fight to force his way into Pep Guardiola's record-breaking side.

Benarbia, now a football pundit on French TV, enjoyed two fine seasons with the Blues from 2001 to 2003, making 78 appearances.

'It's a club that wants to win this type of trophy, the Champions League is for big clubs and City is a big club'.

The club record fee does not faze the 27-year-old and Guardiola proved a determining factor in his decision to leave Leicester City.

The Algerian posed for photographs before taking a seat and answering questions about his move to the Etihad Stadium. "I'm very happy and will give my best to this club".

He added: "I don't think much about this, the most important is I'm here, happy and starting a new challenge and a new life". England have been very, very good.

Riyad Mahrez has declared that he is good enough to become a Manchester City regular despite the intense competition he will face after completing his move from Leicester City.

These days of course that's a pretty small amount of money for a transfer for one of the best attacking players available on the market, in fact you'd pay almost that for a defender.

"I signed for City when I was 33 and it was a different time - the Club had been up and down through the divisions; the squad was different, and the playing style was different - and I was a little bit old!"

"He will have opportunities to score more goals and make more assists and it will be fascinating to watch".

"We haven't talked about (Pep's expectations for next season) yet".

Asked if he was anxious about the challenge of getting into the City side, Mahrez said: "No, I never thought about that". We're going to start to work this week and then we will see.

"I think Harry Maguire has got an ungainly look about him but I think Harry Maguire you look at him and he's not smooth but what a competitor".

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.