Manchester City has confirmed Ferran Soriano as its new chief executive.
Soriano fills the vacancy created by the departure of
He comes with an impressive CV, having been credited with transforming the off-field fortunes of
"I am delighted to take up the position of chief executive officer of
"The vision of the owner together with his commitment, and that of the chairman and board, make this opportunity absolutely compelling.
"The club has incredible potential to be fulfilled both on and off the field.
"I very much look forward to playing my part to ensure that happens."
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