One of club football’s celebrated master strategists, Pep Guardiola will be working closely with Mumbai City FC coach Jorge Costa in the coming time, City Football Group CEO Ferran Soriano said on Thursday.
The Guardiola-coached English Premier League champions Manchester City’s parent company, City Football Group, have bought a majority 65% stake in Indian Super League franchise Mumbai City FC.
Soriano said Manchester City’s Spanish manager Guardiola will have a relationship with their Mumbai City FC coach. “Pep is part of our network of coaches. And they speak all the time. The example I gave you is our Chinese coach was in Manchester last week coaching with Manchester City team, trying to learn. The coach we have in Mumbai City will have a relationship with Pep Guardiola and with all our other coaches,” Soriano said, adding grassroots will be their priority.
News of the acquisition was revealed in front of the club’s fans by CFG Chief Executive Officer Soriano together with chairperson, Football Sports Development Limited and Reliance Foundation, Nita Ambani.
The deal will see Mumbai City FC benefit from the group’s commercial and football know-how, while at the same time delivering a new and exciting element to the CFG global commercial platform.
The CEO said that Manchester City teams will be coming to India to play friendly matches against Mumbai City FC and vice versa.
Other clubs in the CFG stable include New York City, Melbourne City, Yokohama F. Marinos in Japan, Girona FC in Spain and Sichuan Jiunia in China.
Mumbai City FC plays its home games at the 8,000 capacity Mumbai Football Arena, which sits within the Andheri Sports Complex, a multi-purpose sports facility.