Manchester City sign Riyad Mahrez from Leicester

Manchester City sign Riyad Mahrez from Leicester

Pep Guardiola wanted Mahrez from Leicester City in January but was willing to wait until the summer after a refusal to match the Foxes' valuation.

The deal looked to have fallen through after Mahrez went on AWOL and missed out of Leicester training for a week and 3 days, but he later returned to continue playing for the Foxes.

Manchester City confirm the signing of Algeria global Riyad Mahrez from Leicester City on a five-year deal for a club-record £60m.

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The 27-year-old has been a long-term target for City, and moves to the Premier League champions on a five-year-deal for a fee believed to be in the region of £60m.

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He later said he had "regrets" over the dispute, during which the Professional Footballers' Association offered to be a mediator between club and player. "He beats defenders and creates space", City's director of football Txiki Begiristain said.

"Watching them from afar has been a pleasure".

Mahrez will be looking forward to get another shot at the Premier League title with the Citizens in the coming campaign after the Guardiola-tutored side became the first English side to smash a 100-point mark in the Premier League. Pep is committed to playing attacking football, which is a flawless for me, and City's performances last season were outstanding.

Mahrez, who was named PFA Player of the Year in 2015-16 when Leicester were crowned Premier League champions, has played at the King Power Stadium since January 2014, scoring 42 goals in 158 appearances across all competitions.

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