City Football Group (CFG) has acquired Belgian football club Lommel SK, becoming the ninth club owned by the group.
The Belgian second division side joins the likes of Manchester City, New York City FC, Melbourne City, and Yokohama F Marinos, and extends CFG’s presence in Europe.
The group says its focus is on developing clubs, academies and players and has pointed to Lommel’s strong academy and focus on youth development.
“We are excited to welcome Lommel SK to City Football Group and to work together with the fans and the city to develop the club,” said Ferran Soriano, CEO, City Football Group.
“Belgium is one of Europe’s best football countries as demonstrated by the success of the national team and the development of world-class players, some of whom we know very well, like Kevin De Bruyne and Vincent Kompany.
“This investment is part of our long-term strategy to be present in key football countries, play beautiful football and develop talent. We were attracted to Lommel’s culture, training facilities and commitment to youth development and we look forward to learning from their approach and helping the Club to evolve in the months and years ahead.”
Meanwhile, the group’s flagship club, Premier League champions Manchester City, have released some of the details of its activity during the coronavirus pandemic, including its work with the local NHS.
The club says that 350 nurses have now been trained at the Etihad Campus, while 1,000 tests per day are being carried out on site. Some 26,000 health and social care staff have also been offered access to facilities on campus.
It has also confirmed that 2,500 items of Puma sportswear have been donated to NHS hospitals in the city.