Sydney, July 6 (IANS) Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola stunned fans and players when he took time out of his Australian holiday to visit sister club Melbourne City FC.
“It was a surprise meet and greet with a very special guest,” Melbourne City FC midfielder Dario Vidosic said on Thursday evening, reports Xinhua news agency.
Securing his first English Premier League title with Manchester City in May, the Spanish manager has also won numerous trophies with European superpowers FC Barcelona and FC Bayern Munich.
Both owned by City Football Group, Manchester keep in close contact with their Australian branch and have been know to scout local talent from Down Under.
During the 2016-17 season, Australian star midfielder Aaron Mooy who recently featured in the Russia World Cup, was snapped up by the blue half of Manchester after impressing Guardiola’s coaching staff.
Never one to let an opportunity go to waste, Guardiola also paid a visit to Melbourne City FC’s football academy to keep a close eye on any up and coming youngsters before he left Melbourne.