In the Media: Manchester City to face Real Madrid in Melbourne

Manchester City will compete in Melbourne next year in the most significant football event ever hosted in the country - the International Champions Cup Australia.

Three of the top football teams in the world, including Manchester City and Real Madrid, will come to Australia to compete in the ICC.

The tournament will include three premium matches at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in July 2015 with the competition draw and match dates to be released upon announcement of the third and final competing team.

This major international event is expected to bring football and sporting enthusiasts from all around Australia and the Asia-Pacific region to Melbourne for the events, and will be broadcast to more than 150 countries.

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini expressed his excitement about the trip at a press conference, declaring: "I think it is important for this Club to go to Australia.

"Firstly, because we have a sister club there and I think is a country where they like football and to play with teams like Real Madrid there is very important.

"We are also going to make our training camp there. It is not that we are going to fly 12 hours to play a game. We are going to stay few days there so the distance is not a problem.

Ferran Soriano, Chief Executive of Manchester City FC, echoed: "We are looking forward, once again, to being a part of the ICC.

"We are particularly excited to be visiting Melbourne, which is home to our sister Club, Melbourne City FC. We know that it will also be a home away from home for Manchester City and we can't wait to play in front of our Australian fans."

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