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Manchester City have completed the signing of Riyad Mahrez from Leicester Cityy for £60 million. He joins the Premier League champions on a five-year deal after the two sides reached an agreement.
The English side also tried to sign the winger in the January Transfer Window, with the player also submitting transfer request. But the bid was rejected by the Foxes as they didn’t want to sell him that time.
Pep Guardiloa was disappointed that the deal didn’t went through but suggested they would return for him in the summer.
“I am so pleased to have joined City, a side playing great football under Pep Guardiola,” Mahrez told the club’s website as quoted by Goal.
“Watching them from afar has been a pleasure. Pep is committed to playing attacking football, which is a 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.”
And Txiki Begiristain, City’s director of football, says he is delighted to have finally captured one of the best players in the English top flight.
“Riyad is a hugely talented player. He beats defenders and creates space,” he said. “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.”
The 27 year old moved to England from Le Havre in January 2014 and helped the Premier League club to earn a promotion in the Premier League. He has been a mainstay in the team since then and inspired them to win the Premier League in the 2015/16 campaign.