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What are Manchester City’s plans for the Premier League winter break?



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Manchester City’s plans for the upcoming Premier League mid-season break have been revealed.

Pep Guardiola’s side are preparing for a break between matches against Newcastle United in the Premier League and Tottenham Hotspur in the FA Cup, after successfully avoiding a third round replay against Huddersfield Town on Sunday afternoon.

Goals from Phil Foden, Julian Alvarez, Oscar Bobb and Jeremy Doku secured a comfortable 5-0 win at the Etihad Stadium for Manchester City last weekend, preserving the club’s plans for the upcoming mid-season winter break.

The Manchester City first-team squad are set to return to the Middle East later this month for a warm-weather training camp, with the Sky Blues having been in Saudi Arabia for the FIFA Club World Cup in December.

Guardiola’s side are expected to travel to Abu Dhabi during the club’s mid-season break, with the Catalonian manager having taken a number of players to the country for a training camp last season, during the FIFA World Cup.

Erling Haaland was amongst the players to take part in a warm weather training camp at The Emirates Palace in 2022, with Stefan Ortega, Sergio Gomez and Oscar Bobb also present.

Manchester City also travelled to Abu Dhabi for a training camp in 2017, but cancelled plans in January 2022 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Simon Bajkowski has revealed that Manchester City will travel to Abu Dhabi for a week of warm-weather training before the FA Cup fourth round tie against Spurs, with the squad expected to travel in the middle of next week.

The journalist also reports that the players will be afforded a ‘few days off’ following Saturday’s trip to St James’ Park in the Premier League.

“We go there to train in better weather, to be together – training, training and training to prepare for the second part of the season,” said Guardiola.

Manchester City face Newcastle on Saturday evening, looking to move to within two points of league leaders Liverpool with victory on Tyneside.