Pitch conditions remain one of the biggest concerns of Premier League champions Manchester City when they visit Hong Kong to face local champions Kitchee this summer. “They visited the venue twice before putting pen to paper on the contract,” said Kitchee general manger Wilson Ng. “But they are very happy with the improvements made at Hong Kong Stadium since the 2013 incident. “Of course we hope for good weather in July and that the fans can enjoy watching the performance of a top class side.” Manchester City will be returning to Hong Kong to play Kitchee in the “Jockey Club Kitchee Centre Cup” on July 24. They were here last at the 2013 Asia Trophy when the two-day tournament was played during a heavy downpour, with one of the participating sides, Tottenham Hotspur, threatening to quit the event because of the poor pitch conditions. A charity gala dinner will be held the night before and attended by Pep Guardiola. “They have promised a full team to Hong Kong with all their marquee players, including their summer recruits as it will be their pre-season,” Ng said. “But it is too early to say who is coming and who is not as there are several months to go before the match and we can only confirm the players list closer to the date.” The cost of inviting a top side like Man City to play in Hong Kong is very high. We are hoping for a full house and the support of the fans Wilson Ng, Kitchee general manger Tickets will be available on April 26 through cityline.com or at the Hong Kong Stadium Box office. They will be priced at HK$350, 590, 890 and 1,190, with concessionary tickets available at HK$250. “We consider the prices quite reasonable as the highest ticket is only slightly over HK$1,000,” Ng said. “The cost of inviting a top side like Man City to play in Hong Kong is very high. We are hoping for a full house and the support of the fans, as you won’t have too many opportunities to watch Man City perform in front of you.” Kitchee head coach Chu Chi-kwong said the opponents are very strong in attack and it won’t be easy to stop them. “Manchester City are in a class of their own, which Kitchee can hardly match, but it’s definitely a good opportunity for the players to learn and for the club’s reputation – playing against such a world class side.” Manchester City will play in Nanjing and Shanghai for the Asia Trophy before arriving in Hong Kong. They will travel to Japan to play against Yokohama F Marinos after the Kitchee match.