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Manchester City complete £60m signing of Riyad Mahrez from Leicester

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Cassandra Castillo | 11 July, 2018, 00:46

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

The Algerian has not commenced pre-season training with the Foxes after being handed an extra vacation, and might not team up with his former team-mates at Leicester City again.

City have always been in pursuit of Mahrez, having seen a cash-plus-player offer of £65m for the 27-year-old rejected in January, with Leicester demanding £80m to let him go in the middle of the season.

City are likely to spend more money before now and the transfer window closing on August 9.

The 27-year-old, who joins for a club-record £60m, has signed a five-year contract at the Etihad Stadium.

Riyad leaves with the best wishes of everybody who has worked with him at Leicester City Football Club.

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"Watching them from afar has been a pleasure. He beats defenders and creates space", Begiristain said on the club's website.

Since Mahrez made his Premier League debut in 2014, only eight players - Eden Hazard, Diego Costa, Eriksen, Jamie Vardy, Alexis Sanchez, Romelu Lukaku, Sergio Aguero and Harry Kane - have been involved in more goals.

'I think we can be successful over the coming years and I believe my own game can develop under Pep's management'. "We're sure he will bring additional attacking quality to our squad".

The Premier League champions were on the verge of sealing Mahrez's deal in the winter, but the Foxes insisted on recouping about £100m for their prized asset.

But he has now become the Premier League champions' first summer signing since winning the title after knuckling down and biding his time to earn his dream move.

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