sport news Sheikh Mansour almost bought London club before Manchester City

Club chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak reveals that the Abu Dhabi group looked at a London club before buying City; discloses why owner Sheikh Mansour has been to only one match; that China is next on the club's hit-list and admits they lost out to Bayern Munich for Pep Guardiola in 2013. 

'Sheikh Mansour had a couple of people looking after that [the search for a club],' explains Al Mubarak, 'and every time a real option would come in, he would give me a call and say "What do you think?"'

Sheikh Mansour and his advisors ran the rule over at least three other Premier League clubs and a secret meeting took place in a Paris hotel with a senior figure from a major London-based club to discuss a potential deal. 

'By the beginning of that summer [2008],' says Al Mubarak, 'it was clear Sheikh Mansour had zoomed in on Manchester City as the most attractive proposition. Then he proceeded. He did the deal.'

Sheikh Mansour has been to just one Manchester City game in his time owning the club

Sheikh Mansour has been to just one Manchester City game in his time owning the club

Sheikh Mansour has attended just one match since but Al Mubarak does not feel that is important.

'He loves this club in his own way,' says Al Mubarak.  'And within his own environment. Ultimately, I think that going and sitting in the stands and watching it there is just not his style. I don't know if 'style' is the right word to use. But you know, I'm not exaggerating. 

'In 10 years, he hasn't missed a single game. I can't remember a game, be it a Premier League game, a Champions League game, an FA Cup game, a Capital One or Carabao Cup game, there isn't one of them in the

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