Melbourne City to face Manchester City in Gold Coast friendly

Premier League giants Manchester City will face Melbourne City in a friendly on the Gold Coast in July.

Manuel Pellegrini's squad is also playing Adelaide United, but behind closed doors, during their training camp.

The four-time English league champions arrive in Queensland on July 9, as they prepare for the International Champions Cup in Melbourne.

The training camp and friendly against the Reds had already been confirmed, but they will play Melbourne City at CBus Super Stadium on July 18 in a clash open to the public.

Manchester's clash against Adelaide United is three days earlier.

Melbourne City chief executive Scott Munn was delighted with the announcement.

"We couldn’t be more pleased to be welcoming our sister club Manchester City FC to Australia and indeed to be playing against them in a historic game at CBus Super Stadium," he said

"As an A-League club well acquainted with the area having played here several times, we know that the facilities on offer in the Gold Coast are second to none and this opportunity is a fantastic way for both teams to get ready for our respective seasons ahead."

City of Gold Coast mayor Tom Tate was similarly thrilled.

"We are thrilled that a Premier League club has chosen our city as the first stop on its tour of Australia," he said.

"The visit demonstrates our city’s capability for hosting high performance sport which will continue to improve as we prepare to host the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.

"The Gold Coast offers the perfect training environment – the quality of our sporting facilities, sports-focused accommodation, our warm weather and beautiful beaches all make it world-class."