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Manchester City confirm signing of Mahrez

11 July, 2018, 11:09 | Author: Heidi Alvarez
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Riyad Mahrez is set to join Manchester City in a £60m move, Vanguard has learnt.

The Citizens have announced the signing of Algeria global Riyad Mahrez from Manchester City.

The 27-year-old Mahrez, who won the Premier League title with Leicester in 2016, said he had moved to The Etihad stadium for the chance to win more silverware and improve his own game.

'Watching them from afar has been a pleasure.

"Manchester City is a very big club with very big players and with the confidence gained from a year ago, I think this season will be a very good season".

"They're redefining the English game and I wanted to be a part of it", said Mahrez. Have your say in the comment section below.

Leicester said in a statement the deal was a "club-record fee".

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"Riyad is a hugely talented player", Begiristain told the official Man City website.

Mahrez scored 17 goals in Leicester's shock Premier League title triumph in 2016 and then played a major role as they reached the Champions League quarter-finals during the following campaign. "We're sure he will bring additional attacking quality to our squad".

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.

The Foxes also are better prepared for him to leave this time as they bought highly-rated James Maddison from second-tier Norwich City for £2 million earlier in the close season.

Mahrez joined Leicester from Le Havre in January 2014 and helped them to a first place finish in the Championship.

The 27-year-old has finally left Leicester after several failed attempts to force a move. Now it seems City are seeking to get rid of him for good, and Birmingham City are said to be in with a chance of signing him.

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