City Football Group and Manchester City CEO Ferran Soriano recently talked about expanding their global growth. “We have some interest in some markets and countries where there is a genuine football passion and opportunities, like India. So there might be other opportunities in Asia.” Manchester City chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak also hinted at a possible expansion in India during his annual post-season interview. “India’s a very interesting market. We look at it as a wonderful country, a growing economy having one of the largest growth rates in the world”, he said.
“The people of India are now embracing football. It is predominantly a cricket nation, but you see how their football league has evolved over the last couple of years. We are always thinking forward and looking at the future. Just like China, India is another country I would hope we find the right way to enter the market”, he added. David Villa is reportedly going to be Mumbai City FC’s first signing under the new ownership. Former Spain international and World Cup winner David Villa is reportedly the owners’ first potential marquee signing for the Mumbai-based club. The striker is currently playing for Japanese first division club Vissel Kobe.
Manchester City owners’ financial strength and vision to put the club on the footballing world map has made them one of the biggest powerhouses in the sport and their potential investments into Mumbai City FC will not only help them establish their popularity in one of the biggest potential football markets of the world but may also lead to change course of Indian football for good.