Manchester City owners looking to expand business to Malaysia

29 May 2019

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Photo: Getty Images Bernardo Silva and Danilo of Manchester City celebrate on stage during the Manchester City Teams Celebration Parade on May 20, 2019 in Manchester, England after winning the Premier League title. The club might expand its ownership of foreign clubs.

The Malaysian sports minister, Syed Saddiq, confirms City Football Group are looking to buy a club in Malaysia. 

CFG chief executive says there is “great opportunity” in Malaysia. 

Christian Fomsgaard Jensen cfj@offthepitch.com

Manchester City’s owners, City Football Group (CFG), are looking to add another team to its growing portfolio of clubs.

Ferran Soriano, CFG chief executive, met with the Malaysian sports minister, Syed Saddiq, in Malaysia last week to discuss the possibilities of the conglomerate investing in local football or possibly buying a club in the country, according to SportsPro.

There were many things discussed - for example, the possibility of Manchester City buying one of the clubs in Malaysia.

Following the meeting, Saddiq told local reporters:

“This is historic for Malaysian football when I know Soriano decided to come down to Malaysia to work with us. The meeting today is to see how we can work and collaborate closely to develop football. “There were many things discussed - for example, the possibility of Manchester City buying one of the clubs in Malaysia. This is to ensure there is a long term plan to develop football here.

These include New York City FC in the US, Melbourne City FC in Australia, Yokohama F. Marinos in Japan, Club Atlético Torque in Uruguay, Girona FC in Spain, and Sichuan Jiuniu FC in China. 

“From the Sports Ministry’s standpoint, there will be collaboration through youth football, may it be the Mokhtar Dahari Academy or National Football Development Programme.”

Clubs all over the world

CFG is, of course, best known for their flagship, Manchester City, who recently won a domestic treble by winning the League Cup, the FA Cup and the Premier League, but the conglomerate owns stakes in clubs in many parts of the world.

These include New York City FC in the US, Melbourne City FC in Australia, Yokohama F. Marinos in Japan, Club Atlético Torque in Uruguay, Girona FC in Spain, and Sichuan Jiuniu FC in China. 
Soriano, who led a CFG delegation to visit local partners, confirmed to Malaysian reporters that the group is interested in exploring further options in Malaysia, according to SportsPro.

“The development of Malaysian football and the league in the last year with investment by the government shows that there’s great opportunity,” Soriano said.

Asia seems to be a priority at CFG - it was reported earlier this year that they wanted to buy an Indian club as well.