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​Man City boss Guardiola praises Mahrez for replacing Bernardo Silva

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola was full of praise for Riyad Mahrez.

The Algerian winger impressed in the first game of the season at City ran off with a 5-0 win over West Ham United.

Mahrez replaced Bernardo Silva, who is such a crucial cog in the City team.

And Guardiola was impressed with what Mahrez managed to offer during the contest.

"Riyad called me after they won [the AFCON]," Guardiola said to reporters after the game.

"He said, 'I need just 10 days. I want to come back soon. I want to play'. I like it. That's why I decide, 'Okay, I want to play him'.

"Bernardo had done nothing wrong, but there was some little muscular problems.

"I want them to know I trust all of them. That is the truth. After four seasons, I don't not like one player who is with us. I trust with them and they have to compete with opponents and with each other."

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