MANCHESTER (Reuters) – Manchester City have 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 $79.6 million.
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.”
Mahrez was named PFA Players’ Player of the Year after scoring 17 league goals in 37 matches as unfashionable Leicester shocked the football world by winning the Premier League two years ago.
He wanted to move in January and handed in a transfer request but ended up staying with Leicester when the club’s valuation ended City’s interest.