From Belgium: Manchester City could become majority shareholder of AFC Tubize

A hot rumour out of Belgium today is that Manchester City, or more likely the City Football Group, could be set to take control of a club in Belgium.

It’s reported by L’Avenir that there is a strong rumour going around the Stade Leburton that Manchester City may soon become the majority shareholder of AFC Tubize.

AFC Tubize play in the Belgian First Division B which, despite its name, is the second division of the Belgian league system.

The club, which finished 5th in the league last year, was founded in 1990 as the result of a merger of two clubs, FC Tubize and Amis Réunis de Tubize.

Tubize play their games at the 8,100-seat Stade Leburton and are currently coached by 52-year-old Senegalese boss Sadio Demba.

The City Football Group contains an expanding network of clubs all working together and exchanging knowledge. A club in Belgium would give City another European hub for players to develop at, and also to send those ineligible for work permits in England.

14:50 UPDATE: When asked about Manchester City buying into the club today, an AFC Tubize boss responded: “No comment”

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