Mahrez joins Manchester City from Leicester

MANCHESTER: Manchester City has signed Leicester City’s Algeria forward Riyad Mahrez on a five-year contract, the English champions announced on Tuesday. City did not disclose the transfer fee but British media reported the deal had cost a club record £60 millions, more than the 57 million they paid Atletico Madrid for French defender Aymeric Laporte in January. 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. “I am so pleased to have joined City, a side playing great football under Pep Guardiola,” said Mahrez, who played 179 times for Leicester, scoring 48 goals. “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.”

Published in Daily Times, July 12th 2018.