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Manchester City revenue to eclipse Arsenal and Chelsea

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Manchester City are set to enter the top five clubs in Europe in terms of revenue, reports the Manchester Evening News.

By next year, the Citizens would have overtaken Premier League rivals Arsenal and Chelsea and will become the second Manchester club in the top five, behind rivals Manchester United - according to the bold claim of chief operating officer Tom Glick

Currently seventh having earned £242m, they're currently below Arsenal (£246m), Chelsea (£274m), Bayern Munich (£313m) and rivals Manchester United (£336m).

The top two clubs in terms of revenue remain the Spanish giants Barcelona (£410m) and Real Madrid (£435m).

However, Glick is anticipating a huge revenue increase as City establish themselves as one of Europe's elite.

Last year was the first time that City had been within the top 10, and despite only reaching seventh last season, the City officer is confident of a rise.

"Next year Manchester will have two of the top five clubs in terms of Worldwide revenues, we're catching up with Bayern Munich," said Glick.

Along with City's off-field expansion, the club are also pushing ahead with the expansion of the Etihad stadium - eventually making their ground the second biggest club stadium in England.

And Glick is pleased about the future of the club:

"We are very excited about the direction of the club," he said.

"Over the summer we played nine games in four continents and we were astounded by the number of fans and interest in our club."

Despite the growth of City as a club Glick insists that it must remain affordable to their fans:

"“We have to be affordable for our fans, that is why we have invested heavily in all aspects of the matchday experience, from the concourse to the new and unique Chairman’s Club.”

Manchester City travel to West Ham this weekend. The Hammers will be confident, coming off the back of a convincing 3-0 victory at White Hart Lane.

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