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Riyad Mahrez joins Manchester City from Leicester

Mahrez signs for club-record £60m

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Riyad Mahrez has joined Manchester City from Leicester for a club record fee of £60m

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.

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"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.

Riyad Mahrez signs a five-year contract with Manchester City for a club-record £60m
Image: Riyad Mahrez is Man City's first signing of the summer

"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.

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Image: The Algeria international scored 13 goals for Leicester last season

Manchester City's director of football Txiki Begiristain says Mahrez will give Guardiola another attacking option as the Spaniard 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."

Mahrez had joined Leicester in January 2014, helping the club win the Sky Bet Championship that year before playing an influential role in their infamous Premier League title triumph in the 2015/16 season.

LEICESTER, ENGLAND - JANUARY 20:  Riyad Mahrez of Leicester City celebrates scoring his side's second goal during the Premier League match between Leiceste
Image: Leicester thanked Mahrez for his service to the club

A statement on Leicester's website read: "In the four-and-a-half years since Riyad signed for the Foxes, he has played his way into the hearts of all Leicester City supporters.

"His moments of magic will live long in the memory as the club and its fans continue to build a long-term legacy for the success delivered by the teams to which Riyad so memorably contributed.

"Riyad leaves with the best wishes of everybody who has worked with him at Leicester City Football Club. He will be welcomed back to King Power Stadium as both an opposition player and a friend of the club."

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