Manchester City chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak has insisted owner Sheikh Mansour’s commitment to the club remains as strong as ever despite the sale of a sizeable stake to Chinese investors late last year.
China Media Capital (CMC) paid 400million dollars (£265million at the time) for a 13 per cent stake in the City Football Group – which also owns New York City FC, Melbourne City and a stake in Yokohama F. Marinos – in December, leading to some suggestions that the Abu Dhabi Group could scale back their involvement further in the future.
But speaking to City TV, Khaldoon said: “I wouldn’t dare suggest that to Sheikh Mansour. Sheikh Mansour is a deeply committed owner and deeply passionate about this organisation, this group, and particularly Manchester City.
“This is a subject matter where I can tell you his commitment is untouchable.”
Khaldoon also said that while there were no plans currently in place, CFG would continue to consider opportunities to add further clubs in the future, with China mentioned as a possibility following CMC’s investment.
“I would say when the opportunity arises – and we are looking at opportunities – you can expect us to add to the number of clubs we have in the organisation,” he said.
“I think it’s too early for me to pinpoint (where), we’re looking at opportunities, we’ll see how it goes and at the right time, at the right place we’ll tell you.”