Manchester City headed Down Under

English Premier League giants Manchester City will play in next year’s Australian edition of the International Champions Cup at Melbourne's MCG, it was confirmed on Friday.

The star-studded club and current EPL title-holders tweeted the news of their pending trip Down Under for the International Champions Cup.

City will join fellow powerhouse outfit and current UEFA Champions League holders Real Madrid at the iconic Australian venue.

Serie A giant Inter Milan is expected to be the third headline club taking part in the tournament.

City, which boasts a huge stable of star players including Sergio Aguero, Yaya Toure, David Silva, Edin Dzeko and Vincent Kompany already has links to Australia. In January, City Football Group acquired the majority share in a-League outfit Melbourne City (then Heart).

City CEO Ferran Soriano said: “We are looking forward, once again, to being a part of the tournament.

“We are particularly excited to be visiting Melbourne, which is home to our sister Club, Melbourne City FC.

“We know that it will also be a home away from home for Manchester City and we can’t wait to play in front of our Australian fans.”

Bart Campbell, Chairman of TLA Worldwide, added: “We are delighted to be bringing the world’s most widely followed clubs and famous brands including current Barclays Premier League champions Manchester City to Melbourne.”

The tournament will include three premium matches at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on July 18, 21 and 24, 2015 with the competition draw and match details to be released on the announcement of the third and final competing team.

The international event is expected to bring football and sporting enthusiasts from all around Australia and the Asia-Pacific region to Melbourne and will be broadcast to more than 150 countries.