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Man City owners snap up Mumbai City as global empire grows

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English Premier League football club Manchester City and City Football Group (CFG) CEO Ferran Soriano (R) and India’s Football Sports Development Ltd chairperson Nita Ambani attend an event in Mumbai on November 28, 2019. – Manchester City’s parent company City Football Group announced on November 28 that it had bought a majority stake in Mumbai City, expanding its global empire of teams. (Photo by Indranil MUKHERJEE / AFP)

Manchester City’s parent company City Football Group announced on Thursday that it had bought a majority stake in Mumbai City, expanding its global empire of teams.

The Premier League club tweeted that CFG was delighted to welcome the Indian club to its “family of clubs”.

“City Football Group (CFG) has agreed on a deal to acquire a majority stake in its eighth club, Mumbai City FC in the Indian Super League, marking a major move into Indian football,” the group said in a statement.

“CFG will become the 65 percent majority shareholder of the club, alongside existing shareholders, acclaimed actor and film producer, Ranbir Kapoor and Bimal Parekh who combined will hold the remaining 35 percent of shares.”

Other clubs in the CFG stable include New York City, Melbourne City, Yokohama F. Marinos in Japan and Girona FC in Spain.

“We believe that this investment will deliver transformative benefits to Mumbai City FC, to City Football Group and to Indian football as a whole,” said CFG chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak.

“City Football Group is committed to the future of football in India and to the potential for Mumbai City FC within that future.”

Manchester City have won the Premier League title four times since Abu Dhabi United Group, the investment vehicle owned by Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, took over the club.

They have enjoyed 11 successive years of financial growth and earlier this month reported record revenue of £535.2 million (628.6 million euros) last season.

They are sitting third in the Premier League table and reached the knockout stages of the Champions League on Tuesday.


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