From Spain: City Football Group chief meets representatives of La Liga club Valencia

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In Spain, the CFG owns 44.3% of La Liga club Girona FC with another 44.3% held by Pere Guardiola, the brother of Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola. Spain is a region in which the CFG sees many opportunities, and it appears they are looking beyond Girona, which is in northeastern Catalonia, to other parts of the country.

According to Valencian journalist Dani Meroño Bori, the senior manager of the City Football Group was last week in Valencia to hold discussions with representatives from the city and La Liga club Valencia CF, who are poised to qualify for the Champions League this season.

The journalist gives no indication that the CFG are looking to buy into Valencia, but rather the representative was there to discuss marketing opportunities in Spain’s third-largest city, which has a population of around 1.5–1.6 million people. He adds the CFG are “very interested in the area”.

Responding to a question, Meroño said “I don’t think so” when asked “Will we become Valencia City?”, adding that he wouldn’t mind if City invested some money in the club as they look to challenge Barcelona, Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid on a regular basis.

It’s quite possible that football-related matters were discussed too, with Valencia boasting one of the finest academies in Spain. City recruited David Silva from Los Che back in June 2010 for a fee of £24million, one of the best deals in club history.

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