By Andy Sambidge
Club chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak says owner Sheikh Mansour still committed to Premier League club
The Abu Dhabi owners of Manchester City have insisted that their move into US soccer will not detract from their ambitions in the UK.
Khaldoon Al Mubarak, the chairman of the Premier League club, said Manchester City would remain the "number one priority" despite the recent announcement that it will launch a football club in New York to compete in the Major League Soccer (MLS).
"We will not take our eye off the ball. Manchester City will always be my number 1 priority," he said in an interview posted on the official club website.
He added that this was also the view of Abu Dhabi's Sheikh Mansour, the club owner.
Al Mubarak added: "This is a great move for Manchester City. Soccer is one of the fastest growing sports in the US. This is really the place to be. There's no doubt this is a great commercial proposition.
"If you are going to pick a place to play in the US where better than New York," he said, adding that in the New York Yankees, Manchester City had the best possible partners.
"This is going to be an incredible success, I have no doubt about it."
Earlier this month, The New York Yankees and Manchester City said they have formed a Major League Soccer (MLS) team to play in New York City from 2015.
City will be the majority partner in New York City Football Club with the biggest name in baseball, the Yankees, as a minority partner active in running the team.
In the interview, Al Mubarak also said Sheikh Mansour was totally committed to the English Premier League, saying the owner has just approved plans to expand the club's stadium and the launch of a women's team.
Al Mubarak added that he expected to appoint a new club manager in the next fortnight, following the departure of Roberto Mancini earlier this month.
"We are pretty much done - the appointment should be in the next two weeks," he said, without confirming who it will be.
Al Mubarak also confirmed that he would support the new manager with money to bring in new signings this summer.
"We will have new manager on board and he will have responsibility to prepare the team for next season... The team has to be constantly improved. We need to improve the team and I can assure you we will support the new manager to do this."For all the latest sports news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.