Manchester City have officially completed the signing of Algerian winger Riyad Mahrez from Leicester City in a club record deal believed to be worth £60m.


City were scuppered in their efforts to sign Mahrez during the last January transfer window but have finally now landed their man on a five-year contract. He has taken the number 26 shirt.

"I am so pleased to have joined City, a side playing great football under Pep Guardiola," ​Mahrez said on his long-awaited move.


"Watching them from afar has been a pleasure. 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."


Director of Football Txiki Begiristain added, "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."

Having joined Leicester from French club Le Havre, Mahrez became a key player as the club miraculously escaped relegation with a late run of form the following year, before exploding into life by scoring 17 goals and providing 10 assists en-route to Premier League glory.


Mahrez was named 2015/16 PFA Players' Player of the Year for and was named CAF African Footballer of the Year and BBC African Footballer of the Year for that same season.

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He famously ran riot as Leicester beat City 3-1 at the Etihad Stadium in February 2016 and also helped put City to the sword in a 4-2 demolition at the King Power Stadium the next season.