Man City owners buy Uruguayan club, expand global network

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Manchester City's players celebrate after Leroy Sane scored the opening goal during the English Premier League soccer match between Arsenal and Manchester City at the Emirates stadium in London, Sunday, April 2, 2017. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

Manchester City’s Abu Dhabi ownership has expanded its portfolio of global clubs by completing the purchase of Uruguayan team Club Atletico Torque.

City Football Group, of which Premier League giant Man City is the flagship team, already has partnership clubs in New York; Melbourne, Australia; and Yokohama, Japan.

CA Torque, which is based in Montevideo, plays in the second division of the Uruguayan league and was founded in 2007.

The CFG has also announced a “collaboration agreement” with Atletico Venezuela, which plays in the top division in Venezuela.

Ferran Soriano, chief executive of the CFG, said the deals would help to “expand the options for identifying and developing local and South American talent.”

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