Manchester City’s Riyad Mahrez Rejected Other Offers to Join Club

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Manchester City was able to land Riyad Mahrez this summer despite the Algeria winger receiving interest from other clubs, according to ESPN FC.

Things picked up when Leicester City refused to budge over their £95 million valuation this January.

“It’s good to have interest from clubs, and my choice was to come to Manchester City,” Mahrez said, according to ESPN FC.

“City is a big club. A big club with very big players and a big manager. Everything is good here to improve yourself and to win trophies.”

Still, Pep Guardiola believes his side can get even better.

“It’s really good so far, it’s really good,” Guardiola said. “We’ve trained good. We’ve been working very hard. Now we’re on to the last two weeks before the first game, so we need to keep going, working and we will see.

“I don’t know [what Pep thinks I can add], but if he bought me maybe he thinks this of course. I’m here, I’m part of the team, I’m part of the squad. I’m here to help with my quality and that’s it.

“I think it makes it good because the competition improves the players, improves the squad, improves the team. It can only be good, I think, the competition.”

Mahrez was impressed with the play of his former teammate N’Golo Kante during the World Cup.

“I watched the World Cup. It was a very good World Cup, and I think France deserved to win,” he said.

“[Kante] is an amazing player. I think if he didn’t have an average final, I think he would have been the best player of the World Cup. He has the quality that everyone knows. He’s a top, top player.

“He’s very shy, but he’s a good guy, a good person.

“[I’ve] not yet [thought about Chelsea], but I think everyone will be back by then. I don’t know about this, but we will be ready for the game, that’s for sure.”