The Manchester City football consortium has acquired a ninth club. The Belgian second division club Lommel SK is now part of the family of the City Football Group (CFG), which is largely owned by a company cooperation from Abu Dhabi.

In a first step, the CFG paid off Lommel’s debts, which are said to have been around two million euros.

According to CFG managing director Ferran Soriano, the deal grows hope to discover talents like Kevin De Bruyne or Vincent Kompany in the country of the World Cup third. Both became world stars at Manchester City.

The City Football Group therefore owns nine clubs in whole or at least in part: Manchester City (England), New York City FC (USA), Melbourne City (Australia), Yokohama F. Marinos (Japan), Montevideo City Torque (Uruguay), FC Girona (Spain), Sichuan Jiuniu (China), Mumbai City (India) and Lommel.

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