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Man City departure for pre-season tour is delayed after 'administrative issue'

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Manchester City's departure to Shanghai for the start of their pre-season tour has been delayed after an "unforeseen administrative issue" saw their Saturday evening flight cancelled.

A City statement said: "Due to an unforeseen administrative issue beyond the club’s control, which is being resolved, regrettably, we will embark on our pre-season tour a little later than intended.

MEN Sport understands the 'administrative issue' had nothing to do with the club or the obtaining of Chinese visas.

City's players and staff were due to depart Manchester Airport on a private jet to Shanghai at 6.30pm on Saturday, but when some backroom staff arrived at the airport they were informed of a problem with their departure.

City will face West Ham United in Nanjing on Wednesday in the Premier League Asia Trophy, their first friendly of pre-season.

Earlier on Saturday afternoon City had named the 26-man travelling squad for the tour, which included 12 academy prospects, but only some staff made it to the airport, which is when the MEN understands they were made aware of a potential issue with the flight.

The players due to embark on the tour had arrived at the Etihad Campus earlier on Saturday ahead of their planned early evening departure.
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