Manchester City bought a club from China

Reuters/Lee Smith

Manchester City expanded their network of affiliated clubs by purchasing Chinese third-tier club Sichuan Jiuniu.

Thus, Sichuan Jiuniu are the seventh club in the City Football Group after American New York City, Australian Melbourne City, Japanese Yokohama F Marinos, Uruguayan Atletico Torque, Spanish Girona and, naturally, Manchester City as the flagship of the group.

The acquisition of Sichuan Jiuniu is a strategic investment that will enable City to increase their influence in the Asian region and gain access to local talents.

City’s Executive Director Ferran Soriano said that China was an extremely important football market, which City has long been concentrated on.

The club management believes that football in China has a great future. The club will provide a long-term and sustained support for Sichuan Jiuniu to cultivate local Chinese talents.

(Reporting by Nathan Dent, editing by Valerie Cooper)

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