The 30-year-old is pushing for more game time under the reign of Pep Guardiola, but believes the challenges are helping him raise the level of his game.
revealed that he is embracing the competition he will face for more game time atManchester City
and players like
are going to help the winger work harder.
The Algeria international became City’s record signing when he joined in 2018 on a transfer fee of £60 million ($83m).
However, he has not been a regular starter notwithstanding joining on a hefty transfer and by the arrival of Foden and Grealish (£100m), his place is threatened.
The winger revealed that he is ready for the challenge, though, and has told
"I think I had good numbers last year, but I could’ve had more.
"But my performances were very good, so I was happy. The competition here has helped me a lot to improve my game. The manager as well. He is very demanding, he’s very into little details and he pushes you until the end.
"You have to be strong mentally to go higher and higher. You just have to work hard and play good every game and the manager decides, but if you play very good every game you have more of a chance to play."
The 30-year-old has made 143 appearances for the Blues and met the back of the net 39 times, contributing 34 assists.
Mahrez contributed to the Premier League title win with Manchester City last season with his 14 goals. He won seven trophies in Manchester.