Algerian forward Riyad Mahrez has ultimately finalized his hotly-anticipated and dream move to Etihad from top-flight rivals Leicester City.
Manchester City at first attempt to sign the winger back in January, only for the move to fall in the last minute. But, after negotiations were revived earlier this summer the deal has now been brought to the table.
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Guardiola‘s side has paid £60m for the Algerian, who becomes their first summer signing this season as they hope to defend the Premier League title they won in such marvelous form last season.
Mahrez first joined Leicester from French side Le Havre in 2014 at a cut-cost £400,000 and went ahead to star for the ‘Foxes’ as they stunned the footballing World by winning the Premier League title in 2015/16, being named PFA’s Player of the Year in the process.
Altogether, the 27-year-old scored 48 goals in 179 appearances for Leicester.
The crumple of City’s transfer move in January drove Mahrez to go AWOL for over seven days as he smoldered at Leicester’s refusal to enable him to make a dream move to the Etihad.
In any case, Mahrez, in the end, came back to the fold and apologized for his unprofessional action, with a solid end to the season helping him record 13 goals and 13 assists in 41 appearances in all competitions.
The charge sees the Algeria worldwide turn into City’s record marking, prevailing over the £57m paid for protector Aymeric Laporte in January.
The ex- Leicester city forward addressing the club’s official site, Mahrez said that he felt it was the ideal club for his abilities.
Watching them from afar has been a pleasure,”
“Pep Guardiola is committed to playing attacking football, and City’s performances last season were outstanding.
“I think we can be successful over the coming years and I believe my own game can develop under Pep’s management
Leicester meanwhile released a statement thanking Mahrez for his service and wishing him all the best in the future.
“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,” it read.
“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.