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Riyad Mahrez pays tribute to Leicester and their fans in social media posts

The Algeria winger joined Premier League champions Manchester City for a club-record fee thought to be around £60million.

Riyad Mahrez has paid tribute to his fomer club Leicester and their supporters following his move to Manchester City.

The 27-year-old Algeria winger joined Premier League champions City on Tuesday for what was described as a “club-record” fee reported to be in the region of £60million.

“To all Leicester fans, we have made some amazing memories and history together,” Mahrez said on his personal Twitter account.

“Winning the Premiership (in 2015-16) against all odds was just something else and none of this would have been possible without your extraordinary support for me and the team.

“I want to thank all of you for welcoming me to the club right from the start and continuing to give me the belief and encouragement to achieve what we have together.

“I would also like to thank my teammates, staff and everyone at the club who have become a big part of my life in the last few years.”

Mahrez was wanted by City boss Pep Guardiola in January when Leicester rejected their £50m offer plus winger Patrick Roberts, who was valued at £15m.

“Now it’s time for me to move on and try to build on what I have developed here, but I will always remember my time at the club with great joy and pride,” Mahrez added.

“Thank you, Thank you, Thank you.”

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Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola was determined to sign Riyad Mahrez (Martin Rickett/PA)

Mahrez – who missed two Leicester games after his proposed January transfer collapsed – was given extra time off by the Foxes after playing in Algeria’s international games in June.

He had been set to return to pre-season training before confirmation the protracted transfer had finally been concluded.

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