Premier League champions Manchester City have completed the signing of winger Riyad Mahrez from Leicester City for £60m. Mahrez has signed a five-year deal to become the Blues’ first recruit since they won the Premier League. The deal is City’s club-record signing, surpassing the £57m acquisition of Aymeric Laporte in January.
“I am so pleased to have joined City, a side playing great football under Pep Guardiola,” Mahrez told the club’s website. “Watching them from afar has been a pleasure. Pep is committed to playing attacking football, which is 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,” he added.
Meanwhile, Director of Football Txiki Begiristain said he was delighted to have finally captured one of the best players in the English top flight. “Riyad is a hugely talented player. He beats defenders and creates space. Over the past few years, he has established himself as one of the Premier League’s most exciting players. We’re sure he will bring additional attacking quality to our squad.”
The 27-year-old has been linked with a move away from Leicester ever since their remarkable 2015-16 Premier League title win, scoring 12 goals and registering 11 assists in the most recent campaign.
Mahrez signed for Leicester in 2013 and helped them win promotion to the Premier League by the end of his first season. He played 19 times and scored three goals, finishing the season strongly after an initial period of adjustment. Two years later, he was named PFA Player of the Year after scoring 17 goals and setting up a further 10 as they won the Premier League title.
In his final two years, he scored 23 goals, but Leicester failed to repeat their 2016 heroics, finishing 12th in 2017 and ninth last season. In total, he played 179 times for Leicester, scoring 48 times.