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Riyad Mahrez unconcerned by record price tag

Mahrez unconcerned by record price tag
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New Manchester City winger Riyad Mahrez insists that he is unconcerned by the £60m price tag on his head, making him the club's record signing.

New Manchester City winger Riyad Mahrez has insisted that he is not concerned about the pressure of being the club's most expensive ever signing.

Mahrez made his long-awaited move to the Premier League champions in a £60m deal earlier this week, eclipsing the previous club record of £57m spent on Aymeric Laporte in January.

The 27-year-old will face competition from the likes of Leroy Sane, Raheem Sterling and Bernardo Silva for a place in Pep Guardiola's side, but he has no problem with fighting for his spot in the starting lineup.

"I haven't talked about my precise position with the manager yet, but City wanted me and that means a lot," Mahrez told reporters at this official unveiling.

"The price tag doesn't affect me – fees for players have got very big in the last couple of years. I am very happy to be here and will try to give my best for the club. I thought what City did last year was amazing, it was unbelievable to break all those Premier League records, but I am confident about myself.

"I want to help this team improve and I believe that is what the manager wants. Players at top clubs always have to face competition for places, it is normal for big clubs to have a lot of great players and City are a big club with a big manager."

Mahrez's first appearance for his new club could come next Saturday when they face Borussia Dortmund in the International Champions Cup.

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Riyad Mahrez in action for Leicester City on March 18, 2018
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