Riyad Mahrez has revealed he is “very happy” at Manchester City amid claims he would leave the club next season.
Mahrez, 28, completed a club-record £60m move last summer, however, competition for places has seen him start just 14 league games for the Citizens.
The Algerian winger scored in his team’s 4-1 victory at Brighton on Sunday that sealed back to back Premier League titles for Man City.
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The former Leicester man reckons competition for places is “part of the game” and believes he has the quality to make a big impact for Pep Guardiola next season.
“It is not easy to come to a team who are settled, who have players who play,” said Mahrez via Sky. “That squad did everything last season.
“I knew it would not be easy in my first year but I am very confident in myself and have no doubts about my quality. I knew that when I had my chance I would take it. I scored at Brighton and helped the team.
“I am very happy here. I am not going somewhere else because I don’t play. It’s part of the game. I need to be strong, stay strong. It’s part of my personality, I never hide away from things.”
Man City’s win at the Amex Stadium meant the former African footballer of the year would be winning his second Premier League title.
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“I’m very, very happy,” said Mahrez of his second league title, to add to the trophy he lifted with Leicester in 2016.
“It’s an amazing feeling. I think we deserved to win it, but we have to give credit to Liverpool and thank them because they are an amazing team as well. We were a bit better, 98 points over 97.
“It was very tough. It wasn’t easy. We stayed focused, played our games like we do every time. We never change our plans. That made the difference.”