Mahrez joins Manchester City from Leicester

first_imgManchester City have signed Leicester City’s Algeria forward Riyad Mahrez on a five-year contract, the English champions announced.City did not disclose the transfer fee but British media reported the deal had cost a club record 60 million pounds, more than the 57 million they paid Atletico Madrid for French defender Aymeric Laporte in January.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 soccer 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.“Over the past few years, he has established himself as one of the Premier League’s most exciting players,” said City’s Director of Football Txiki Begiristain. “We’re sure he will bring additional attacking quality to our squad.”Mahrez was born in France and began his professional career at Le Havre, where he played 67 times over three years. He signed for Leicester in 2013 and helped the club win promotion to the Premier League by the end of his first season.Mahrez helped them escape relegation the next season before their fairytale run to the title as they finished the campaign 10 points clear of second-placed Arsenal having started the season as 5000-1 outsiders and tipped for relegation.last_img read more

Photo of the day: Harbhajan Singh and Geeta Basra’s big fat sangeet ceremony

first_imgCricketer Harbhajan Singh is all set to tie the knot with Bollywood beauty Geeta Basra on October 29, 2015. The grapevine is abuzz with the news of their wedding ceremony. The couple has been in a relationship from the last three years but have been secretive about it. The pre-wedding functions have already begun- Mehendi and Sangeet. The cricketer gave his fans a sneak-peek of his sangeet ceremony. What a sangeet night!enjoyed it with family and friends!thank you @gurdasmaan nd @MikaSingh for making it special?????? pic.twitter.com/am0TBJ2u4Z Harbhajan Singh (@harbhajan_singh) October 28, 2015 RELATED: Have you seen Harbhajan Singh and Geeta Basra’s wedding card? BBCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India) also shared a picture of their Sangeet function. In this picture, Harbhajan and Geeta are sitting on a cycle rickshaw which was fully decorated with flowers. #TeamIndia member @harbhajan_singh and @Geeta_Basra’s wedding ceremonies start with Mehandi pic.twitter.com/erNggAVtUn BCCI (@BCCI) October 28, 2015 For the Sangeet ceremony, Geeta chose a green lehenga and on the other hand Harbhajan chose a pink kurta and pyajama with a Nehru jacket. Few former cricketers like Parthiv Patel and RP Singh also took to micro-blogging site to share the pictures of the sangeet ceremony. SINGH is ready…many many congratulations..@harbhajan_singh pic.twitter.com/aVW1c27oHq parthiv patel (@parthiv9) October 27, 2015 Dulhe raja all set for sangeet function. Congratulations @harbhajan_singh and @Geeta_Basra pic.twitter.com/icbn41yZZZ R P Singh (@RpSingh99) October 27, 2015 Geeta Basra wore a bright yellow lehenga with pink choli for her mehendi ceremony, whereas Bhajji kept it casual in a t-shirt and trousers. The wedding planner, Wedding Sutras, posted a picture of Geeta Basra on their Instagram account.advertisement  RELATED: Are you missing out on Harbhajan Singh and Geeta Basra’s post-wedding card? Here’s how it looks While the mehendi was held on Monday (October 26), the sangeet ceremony took place on Tuesday (October 27) with relatives and close friends being present during the auspicious occasion. Talking about the wedding, Harbhajan Singh wants to have a classic and simple look for his wedding while Geeta Basra has opted for a traditional look. The couple has chosen Archana Kocchar as their designer for all the functions. Geeta wanted an extremely traditional look for all the important occasions, so we decided to go for lehengas, attached dupatta and a crop-top blouse with an Indian work on it. Geeta was specific about her colours. Harbhajan’s brief was classic and simple,” Kochhar told PTI. “The wedding lehenga will be in traditional red-and-gold combination accessorized by a nath, a matha patti and a tikka with a beautiful head dupatta to complete the ensemble. The reception lehenga will be in electric blue colour with mirror work and sequins,” adds Archana. RELATED: Here’s all you need to know about Geeta Basra’s wedding dress Harbhajan is keeping his look simple and elegant with minimal embroidery on the wedding outfit. “An off-white self-on-self embroidered sherwani with an ornate red sword is designed for Harbhajan Singh, who very keenly took part in the selection of his outfits. For the Gurudwara, he will sport an achkan with breeches or churidaar, and a turban,” Kochhar said. The reception will take place in Delhi on November 1 and is likely to be attended by Yuvraj Singh, Virat Kohli and many Bollywood celebrities.last_img read more