Manchester City confirm they have signed Riyad Mahrez from Leicester City on a five-year deal. The 27-year-old will wear the No.26 shirt as he wore for the Foxes. The Sky Blues were pursuing Mahrez for some time, but saw their interest continually rebuffed by Leicester.
Leicester were holding out for a lofty asking price to procure his signature this summer, but Pep Guardiola has finally landed his man. Man City have led a one-man pursuit for the Algerian international in the last 12 months, but now he’ll finally join their star-studded attack – Raheem Sterling, Leroy Sane, Bernardo Silva, David Silva, Gabriel Jesus and Sergio Aguero.
Signed from AC Le Havre in 2014, the 27-year-old went on to make 179 appearances for Leicester, scoring and creating 86 goals in all competitions. He was named PFA Players’ Player of the Year as the Foxes won the Premier League title in 2015/16 and has been a standout performer ever since.
Mahrez has handed in transfer requests and refused to play in order to force a move away from the King Power Stadium and revealed his delight to have joined the league champions. He said: “I am so pleased to have joined City, a side playing great football under Pep Guardiola.
“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.”
Man City finished top of the Premier League table with 100 points from 38 games last season, scoring 106 goals for their troubles. Mahrez should fit in well.