Manchester City post profit for second time in Sheikh Mansour era

The Blues were £11 million in the black 12 months ago - their first profit of the Sheikh Mansour era - and improved their accounts over the 2015-16 season

Manchester City have posted profits of £20.5 million in their latest financial accounts, the eighth consecutive season that the club have announced an improved financial position.

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City announced a profit for the first time during the Sheikh Mansour era this time last year, when their accounts were £11m in the black.

The increase across the 2015-16 season is thanks in no small part to City's run to the Champions League semi-final, which helped ensure broadcast revenue rose 19 per cent to £161.4m.

The expansion work on the Etihad Stadium, which boosted domestic attendances, also helped matchday revenue rise by 21% to £52m, while commercial revenue grew 3% to £177.9m. 

City's total revenue across the season was £391.8m, a total increase of 11% on the previous results.

“Manchester City has now reached a level of sporting and commercial maturity that allows one to feed the other”, City chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak said in a statement.

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“I believe the 2016-17 season represents the beginning of a critical new phase in the evolution of Manchester City.  We know that we have the playing, coaching and off-field capabilities at our disposal to achieve great things in English and European football in the years ahead.”

City also have assets of more than £677m and operate with zero financial debt.