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City to face United in China

TOUR OF DUTY: Jihai Sun helps luanch the preseason visit to China, along with ex-United defender Nemanja Vidic

TOUR OF DUTY: Jihai Sun helps luanch the preseason visit to China, along with ex-United defender Nemanja Vidic

City will play United in China this summer in the first ever Manchester derby to take place outside the United Kingdom.

The game will take place at the iconic Bird's Nest stadium in Beijing on 25 July as part of the International Champions Cup China, before the Blues play Borussia Dortmund on 28 July in booming technology hub Shenzhen.

City continue to grow their profile in China through a number of initiatives. The Club recently announced a partnership with a China Media Capital-led consortium, which owns a minority shareholding in the Club’s parent company, City Football Group.

Omar Berrada, Group Commercial Director of City Football Group, said: "Everyone at Manchester City is delighted to be taking part once again in the ICC and there is a great line-up of matches.

"We are excited to return to China and to the Bird’s Nest for what promises to be a memorable tournament.

"I’m sure our fans will create an incredible atmosphere in the Bird’s Nest and in Shenzhen and we are looking forward to connecting with them both on and off the pitch.

"We are committed to having a long-term presence in China and to developing football across the country. We know our visit in July will form a big part of our continued growth."

Relevent Sports, Catalyst Media Group, and LeSports revealed the planned line-up and match schedule on Wednesday, along with fans, legends and executives at a launch event at the Bird's Nest.

Patrick Murphy, CEO of Catalyst Media Group said, “This year we will deliver three huge clubs each offering star-power, three modern venues in three first-tier cities, and a three-match schedule highlighted by a Manchester derby that that will be the talk of the nation and a topic of conversation all around the world.

"Starting from today, with the attendance of legends and executives here in Beijing, our participating clubs are determined to put on a true show for China.

"China’s ambition to elevate its status in world football is key for the sport globally. Via the ICC China, top international clubs are committed to contributing, through credible, regular and meaningful engagement in-market.”

City's ICC Schedule

Manchester City v Manchester United

25 July 2016, 8pm (local time)

Beijing

Borussia Dortmund v Manchester City

28 July 2016, 8pm (local time)

Shenzhen

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