Riyad Mahrez has no desire to move


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Riyad Mahrez insists he is very happy at Manchester City and has no plans to leave the 2018/19 Premier League champions.

The 28-year-old Algeria international joined Pep Guardiola’s side from Leicester City in a £60million last summer but only started 14 Premier League matches this term.

However, he did make 13 appearances from the substitutes bench and scored a superb goal on Sunday as his team clinched the title for the second season in a row and fourth time in the last eight years by coming from behind to beat Brighton 4-1.

Mahrez scored 12 goals this season, including seven in the Premier League, and is content at the club despite his limited playing time. “I need to stay strong because it’s part of my personality,” he said.

“I’m very happy here. It’s not that because I don’t play I’m going to go somewhere else. It’s part of the game.

“I’m never going to go away from teams. That’s easy to do but I’m very confident about my quality and there’s another season next season.”

Mahrez, who won the PFA Players’ Player of the Year award in 2016 after playing a vital role in Leicester’s incredible Premier League triumph, signed a five-year deal at Etihad Stadium last summer.

He joined the Foxes from Le Havre in January 2014 and scored 42 goals in 158 league appearances for the club. Meanwhile, Manchester City are 1.22 to beat Watford in Saturday’s FA Cup final and complete the domestic treble. They are also available at 1.62 to win the 2019/20 Premier League title.

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