Riyad Mahrez joins Manchester City

Riyad Mahrez joins Manchester City

Manchester City have completed the signing of Riyad Mahrez from Leicester City for a club-record £60m.

Mahrez was the subject of four failed bids from Manchester City in the January transfer window and, after a move to the Etihad did not materialise he missed training for over a week, with the Algeria international forced to deny going AWOL.

However, the Premier League champions returned with a successful bid for the Leicester winger, who scored 13 goals in 41 appearances for the Foxes last season.

“I am so pleased to have joined City, a side playing great football under Pep Guardiola,” Mahrez said.

“Watching them from afar has been a pleasure. Pep is committed to playing attacking football, which is perfect for me, and City’s performances last season were outstanding. They’re redefining the English game and I wanted to be a part of it.

“I think we can be successful over the coming years and I believe my own game can develop under Pep’s management.”

Mahrez becomes the most expensive player in Manchester City’s history, replacing French defender Aymeric Laporte who joined the club for £57m in January.

Manchester City’s director of football Txiki Begiristain believes Mahrez will give Guardiola another attacking option as he looks to secure successive Premier League titles at the Eithad.

“Riyad is a hugely talented player. He beats defenders and creates space,” said Begiristain. “Over the past few years, he has established himself as one of the Premier League’s most exciting players.

“We’re sure he will bring additional attacking quality to our squad.”

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