The City Football Group could target two of the world’s biggest markets, India and China, according to chief commercial officer Tom Glick.
In an interview with City A.M., Glick spoke of his “excitement” about the emerging Chinese football scene and suggested that it could be a candidate for the CFG’s next club.
The City Football Group already includes Manchester City, New York City FC, Melbourne City and Yokohama F Marinos, and there has been much speculation about where could be next, with South America another mooted candidate.
Glick said, “Our chairman [Khaldoon Al Mubarak] has spoken publicly about our openness to new clubs and there are certainly some exciting, growing football markets around the world.
“Markets like China, India. We’re quite active in China right now. It’s an incredibly exciting place for football. When I’m on the ground there, which is a few days every month, I’m seeing first hand the big focus that the central government has put on it.
“So we’re very focused on it. We want to add value and help in any way that we can with the mission that China is on and that could perhaps involve a club at some point.”
Both NYCFC and Melbourne City have made progress on the pitch but have still yet to collect any trophies since CFG investment, raising the question of whether it is all worth it. But Glick pointed to benefits off the pitch as the teams continue to develop on it.
“We’re convinced our model has a bright future and will continue to help us grow faster. We’re seeing that blue-chip brands and companies — and their investors and shareholders — are wanting to invest in it. It’s a challenging model to replicate but if others do we would welcome the competition.”
Where next for the City Football Group then? Shanghai City? Mumbai City? One thing is for sure, the City Football Group is not short on ambition and aspires to have a presence in all corners of the footballing world.