Man City owner interested to buy Malaysian club
Manchester City Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Ferran Soriano revealed that the club’s owner is considering the possibility of buying one of the football clubs in Malaysia.
In a meeting with Malaysia Youth and Sports Minister Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman at the KBS Tower, Soriano said, “We see Malaysia has an opportunity for football…the level of enthusiasm of the fans is obvious. The development of Malaysian football and the league in the last year with investment by the government shows that there’s great opportunity.
“We would like to explore things to do together with the Malaysian people and Malaysian football family. Malaysian football will grow significantly in the next decade.”
Noting the positive impact that the said collaboration could bring to the local football scene, Syed Saddiq stated, “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 (City Football Group) buying one of the clubs in Malaysia.
“From the Ministry’s perspective, we would also like to see.. maybe collaboration in terms of development of youth through NFDP and MDA. There will be future visits to see how we can move forward on this collaboration.”
The City Football Group was founded in 2014 and its first sister club was established in New York.
Aside from Manchester City, the group also owns and has shares in New York City FC (United States), Melbourne City (Australia), Yokohama F Marinos (Japan), Atletico Torque (Uruguay), Girona FC (Spain) and Chinese side Sichuan Jiuniu.