Premier League champions Leicester City set to play in Hong Kong this summer
The Foxes will compete in the Premier League Asia Trophy alongside Liverpool and a yet to be confirmed third English club
Premier League champions Leicester City will likely play alongside Liverpool when the Premier League Asia Trophy returns to Hong Kong this summer, but the chances of La Liga giants Real Madrid joining them are unlikely.
Hong Kong Football Association chairman Brian Leung Hung-tak said the 10-time Champions League winners did not wish to come to Hong Kong after their participation in the International Champions Cup in North America in August and therefore the plan had been scrapped.
“They don’t want to make the long distance travel for a match in Hong Kong and therefore we are not going to stage any celebration tournament for the 20th anniversary of the reunification,” said Leung. “But still we will have the Asia Trophy in July and some clubs may also stage international friendlies. It’s still going to be very a busy summer of soccer.”
Hong Kong will stage the opening leg of the Asia Trophy on July 19 before the three Premier League club head off to Shanghai for the second leg three days later.
It is believed Leicester City, the only English side remaining in the Uefa Champions League draw, will be one of the participants along with Liverpool. The third team have yet to be confirmed.
“We are finalising the details with the Premier League and an official press conference is planned for next month,” said Mark Sutcliffe, Football Association chief executive.
The 2017 Hong Kong champions will represent the home team in the tournament and if they win, Chinese Super League side Shanghai SIPG will play in the final on the second day.
If the Hong Kong Premier League club loses on the first day, SIPG will play in a third place play-off.