Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Blues Rake in £3.9M from Players at World Cup

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Blues Rake in £3.9M from Players at World Cup

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CITY will receive a £3.9m windfall from their stars' involvement in the World Cup finals.

The Blues top the list of clubs who will be compensated by Fifa for providing players for the tournament.

City had 16 players in Russia, which means they set a new record alongside Real Madrid, who had the same number involved in the competition.

Fifa introduced a compensation scheme for clubs in 2010 to recognise the problems a summer tournament can create.

The fact England, Belgium and France reached the last four means the Blues are likely to be without Kevin de Bruyne, Vincent Kompany, John Stones, Raheem Sterling, Kyle Walker, Fabian Delph and Benjamin Mendy for the Community Shield and possibly for the Premier League opener at Arsenal.

The compensation amount has been beefed up considerably from £30m at the last World Cup to £158m for this one. …

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