The City Football Group and Girona Football Group, headed by Pere Guardiola, brother of City boss Pep Guardiola, have completed the acquisition of La Liga club Girona FC, who Manchester City have been closely working with for several years now.
The CFG, which Girona is now a full member of, and Pere Guardiola will split 88.6 per cent of the club’s shares between them (44.3% each), with the remaining shares in the possession of minority holders.
The involvement of Pere Guardiola 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.