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Manchester City’s City Football Group take control of Girona FC subject to court approval – report

The City Football Group is now for all intents and purposes the owner of La Liga club Girona FC, with only approval from Higher Council of Sports delaying an official announcement.

According to AS, an announcement of the deal, which has been several years in the making, could come in a matter of hours. Manchester City and Pere Guardiola will split 88.5 per cent of the club’s shares between them, with the remaining shares in the possession of minority holders.

The involvement of Pere Guardiola’s Mediapro and Manchester City has helped the Catalan club grow and ascend to the top level of Spanish football, and they have started well with a 2-2 draw against Atlético Madrid. They also beat Manchester City in a friendly match at the Estadi Montilivi.

City have handed the impressive Pablo Machín, coach of Girona, five players on loan for this season in the form of Pablo Maffeo, Aleix Garcia, Douglas Luiz, Marlos Moreno and Larry Kayode. It is a mutually beneficial arrangement, giving Girona resources to play in La Liga and Manchester City a high-level league to send some of their finest young talent.

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