Saturday, 21 July, 2018

Man City sign Riyad Mahrez from Leicester

Riyad Mahrez GETTY Leicester star Riyad Mahrez is wanted by Manchester City
Sidney Guerrero | 10 July, 2018, 23:37

In the four-and-a-half years since Riyad signed for the Foxes, he has played his way into the hearts of all Leicester City supporters.

City failed with a late January bid for the Algerian, but the 27-year-old's big move is set to be completed in the coming days.

Leicester have confirmed the deal is a club-record sale for one of the stars of their Premier League-winning campaign and subsequent journey to the Champions League quarter-finals.

The Algeria global, one of Leicester's title-winning heroes from the 2015-16 season, handed in a transfer request in January and had a 10-day absence from the club before returning to training with them on February 9.

It is understood that Mahrez has been given permission by Leicester to stay at home and continue his own personal training programme. "They're redefining the English game and I wanted to be a part of it", Mahrez said on his new club's website.

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"He beats defenders and creates space", City director of football Txiki Begiristain said.

While we can't verify for sure that it is Mahrez, it certainly looks to be and the presence of City staffers would seem to confirm it.

With his quality on the ball, ability to take on opposition players and his extensive passing range, the youngster would soon make himself hugely popular among the King Power Stadium faithful.

Oblak has established himself as one of the world's very best goalkeepers during his four years with Atlético Madrid and the Slovenian worldwide would represent a major summer coup for Liverpool, if a deal can be struck.

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