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Man City to stage open training session in Abu Dhabi

New Premier League champions will also play a friendly match against Al Ain FC this week

Man City to stage open training session in Abu Dhabi

Manchester City, the English football club owned by Abu Dhabi’s Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahayan and which won English football’s Premier League trophy for the second time in three years on Sunday, will hold an open training session for fans on Wednesday as part of their visit to the UAE.

The team, which include captain Vincent Kompany, midfielder Yaya Toure and striker Sergio Aguero, will train at the Al Jazira Football Club’s stadium from 6.30pm.

Fans can get to meet and train with the newly crowned champions as they are coached by manager Manuel Pellegrini ahead of their friendly match against Al Ain FC at the Hazza bin Zayed Stadium on Thursday night.

Entry to the event on Wednesday will be free.

The club was acquired by Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed al Nahayan's Abu Dhabi United Group in 2008.

Its latest success on the pitch comes as the club is facing fines of €60m ($83.3m) and limits on their Champions League squads for next season for breaching UEFA's Financial Fair Play rules.

UEFA said earlier this month that nine unnamed clubs, thought to include Man City, faced punishment under new rules designed to force teams to limit their financial losses and make soccer more economically stable.

The club posted a loss of £51.6m ($85.4m) in its latest financial year.

Last month, Manchester City were named the best paid team in global sport, according to Sportingintelligence’s Global Sports Salaries Survey for 2014.

The average first-team pay at City has been calculated at £5.3m ($8.9m) per year, or £102,653 per week in the period under review.

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