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Western Sydney plays down Man City link

Western Sydney Wanderers executive chairman Lyall Gorman has distanced the club from links with Manchester City.

Recent reports suggested that the Premier League club were one of two overseas outfits to show interest in purchasing the Football Federation Australia-backed Wanderers who were beaten in last season's A-League Grand Final in their first season in the competition.

It was believed that City owner Sheikh Mansour, who recently ventured into North America's MLS by buying a majority share in New York City FC, was looking to also get involved in Australian football but Gorman quickly poured cold water on those rumours.

"I've had no confirmation of EPL clubs that have expressed interest at this stage," Gorman said.

"My opinion is if there was, I would be aware of it. We speak with UBS (who are in charge of the sale of the club) regularly and I think we'd be aware of those organisations that have currently expressed an interest.

"This is an independent process by UBS, but I'm certainly not aware of any expressions of interest, as flattering as they might or otherwise be, from any EPL club or indeed any other club overseas.

"I think there's an appetite out there but that's got to materialise into groups coming forward and formalising submissions if you like or formally tabling expressions of intent."

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