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Man City announce Guardiola pre-season plans

Manchester City have announced they will play in China this summer as past of their next pre-season tour.

The news comes two months after a consortium of high-profile Chinese investors acquired a 13 per cent stake, worth a reported £265million, in the club's holding company the City Football Group.

City received Chinese investment. Credit: Reuters

Full details are yet to be revealed but the matches City play will be in the International Champions Cup, a friendly tournament series which annually features some of the world's glamour clubs.

The competition is likely to be among the first tests for new manager Pep Guardiola, who will take over from current boss Manuel Pellegrini at the end of this season.

The announcement was made in a press release detailing a number of initiatives the club are undertaking to celebrate Chinese New Year and which further emphasises the club's growing links with the Asian country. City also hosted Chinese president Xi Jinping during his state visit to the UK last autumn.

Man City given Kompany fitness boost

Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany has stepped up his comeback from injury after returning to training with the rest of the squad.

The club have released images of the 29-year-old back on the training field accompanied with a positive update on his fitness on their website.

Vincent Kompany could be back before you know it. Credit: PA

The influential Belgium defender has been hampered by all-too-familiar calf problems this season and has not featured since an abortive comeback attempt against Sunderland on Boxing Day.

Kompany managed just nine minutes in that 4-1 Barclays Premier League victory at the Etihad Stadium - his only action in City's last 19 matches.

There has been doubt over when Kompany might return but manager Manuel Pellegrini expressed hope last week that Kompany could be back within a fortnight.

Man Utd boss looking forward to Pep's arrival at City

Louis van Gaal declared he was "very pleased" to hear Pep Guardiola had been appointed Manchester City manager.

After months of speculation, City announced on Monday that Guardiola would replace Manuel Pellegrini as their manager at the end of the season.

Van Gaal and his Barcelona team, including Pep Guardiola, celebrate winning La Liga in 1998. Credit: PA

Guardiola has earned a reputation as one of the best coaches in the world following successful spells at Barcelona and Bayern Munich, where he has collected a total of 19 trophies.

Many Manchester United fans had wanted the Catalan to replace Van Gaal as their boss, but the Dutchman is not fazed by the arrival of such a prestigious rival.

In fact, the 64-year-old says he is happy he will soon be reacquainted with the man he coached twice at Barcelona.

"He is my former captain so I am very pleased to see him," the United manager said.

"And I can speak Spanish so it is convenient for him."

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