x Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 26 July 2017

Man City to show off trophy haul on victory tour of UAE

Manchester City have arrived in Abu Dhabi and they have brought along their haul of silverware for their end of season victory tour to their 'home from home'.

Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany leads the squad off their Etihad Airways flight after landing in Abu Dhabi. Photo Courtesy EAA
Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany leads the squad off their Etihad Airways flight after landing in Abu Dhabi. Photo Courtesy EAA

ABU DHABI // Manchester City owner Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed welcomed his players to Abu Dhabi on Tuesday with their haul of silverware from a triumphant season.

The team won the Premier League title on Sunday and the Capital One Cup in March.

Both trophies will be on show at their open training session on Wednesday at the Mohammed bin Zayed Stadium, home of the Abu Dhabi club Al Jazira, and at their friendly against Al Ain on Thursday at the new Hazza bin Zayed Stadium.

Stars Samir Nasri, Matija Nastasic and Stevan Jovetic paraded the Premier League trophy for hundreds of fans who mobbed a shoe shop in Marina Mall in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday.

“I’m really happy to have won a second title with City,” said Nasri.

Thursday’s event will also feature a wide range of activities and entertainment, with live music provided by the Emirati singer Eidha Al Manhali, appearances by footballing world record holders, carnival acts, dancers and drummers.

Kompany will be there along with the team’s manager, Manuel Pellegrini. Abu Dhabi “really has become a home from home for City and we can’t wait to share the title winning experience with all those who supported us”, the manager said on Tuesday.

“To win two trophies in one season is an honour for me, for the players and for the whole club. Going to Abu Dhabi gives us the opportunity to share this special moment with our fans in a country we always look forward to visiting.”

This is City’s second visit to the UAE. In 2009 they lost 1-0 in a match against the national team.

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