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Manchester City sign Riyad Mahrez from Leicester for £60m

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Manchester City have completed the signing of Leicester winger Riyad Mahrez for a club-record fee of £60m.

Mahrez, 27, moves to City in what is reportedly a club record £60m deal and has signed a five-year contract. He will wear the number 26 shirt.

“I am so pleased to have joined City, a side playing great football under Pep Guardiola,” Mahrez told the club’s official website.

“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.”

Mahrez handed in a transfer request but stayed at the club, scoring 12 league goals in 36 games as the Foxes finished ninth in the Premier League.

He later said he had “regrets” over the dispute, during which the Professional Footballers’ Association offered to be a mediator between club and player.

The Algerian forward joined Leicester from Le Havre for £400,000 in 2014, and was named the PFA Players’ Player of the Year during their surprise Premier League triumph in 2015-16.

He scored 48 goals in 179 appearances for the Foxes.

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