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Published: 07:58 | 14/5/19

Mahrez happy at City


Riyad Mahrez is keen to remain at Manchester City despite struggling for game time for much of their title-winning campaign.

Mahrez started just 14 Premier League games for City with manager Pep Guardiola preferring Raheem Sterling and Leroy Sane on the wings. Despite his lack of starts, Mahrez scored seven league goals, including one in the 4-1 win against Brighton that sealed their Premier League success.

While he is frustrated at his limited number of appearances the former Player of the Year insists he is happy at the Etihad Stadium and will press for a place in Guardiola's plans.

“I’m very happy here. I’m not going somewhere else because I don’t play," Mahrez told reporters.

“It’s part of the game. I need to be strong, stay strong. It’s part of my personality, I never hide from things.”

Mahrez joined City from Leicester City last season and he feels it was always going to be difficult to break into a team that had won the title with a record 100 points.

“It’s not easy to come to a team who are settled and have the players who play. That squad did everything last season," he added.

“I knew it wouldn’t be easy in my first year but I’m very confident in myself and have no doubts about my quality.”

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