Algerian forward Riyad Mahrez has finally completed his move from Leicester City to Manchester City on a five year deal after two failed attempts by the Premier League champions to get him. The capture was announced earlier in the week with the club breaking its record transfer fee to get the player at 60 million pounds.
Mahrez, who was key in Leicester’s title win two seasons ago had even handed in a transfer request at the team but could not force a move out even after going absent for 10 days and City’s attempts of cash plus a player for the transfer.
City can now have their man and Mahrez has been handed the number 26 jersey. He says it is a major step up for him, but he is ready for the task at hand.
"I've always had the same goal to play at the highest level," Mahrez said. "I think I've been playing at a high level for three years now and signing for Manchester City is a big step for me but I am very happy and now I just have to perform and help the team. I am sure I can play at this level."
City has really improved under manager Pep Guardiola and the addition of Mahrez is sure to give the champions a bigger impetus. His acquisition definitely lifts spirits at the Etihad Stadium.
"Riyad is a hugely talented player. He beats defenders and creates space," City director of football Txiki Begiristain said. "Over the past few years, he has established himself as one of the Premier League's most exciting players."
Mahrez, the PFA Player of the Year in 2015-16 when Leicester were crowned Premier League champions, spent four years at Leicester, scoring 42 goals in 158 appearances across all competitions and still had two years to run on his contract.