PEP GUARDIOLA wrote to 114 Manchester City fans offering them VIP tickets to their clash with Shakhtar Donetsk as thanks for their support in Ukraine.
The Spanish chief personally scribbled a note to every, single City supporter who travelled to Donetsk for their 3-0 Champions League win in September.
A little over 100 fans made the 4,000-mile round-trip to Ukraine – but were treated to a thumping victory courtesy of goals from Riyad Mahrez, Ilkay Gundogan and Gabriel Jesus.
Now Pep has invited the dedicated fans to enjoy the full VIP treatment for the return game at the Etihad at the end of this month.
It read: “Dear Darren, on Wednesday 18th September you and 113 other dedicated supporters made the long trip to watch us play against Shakhtar Donetsk in Ukraine, and I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you.
“We were so pleased to start our Champions League campaign with a victory.
“We faced a tough Shakhtar team but I felt that we played well, controlled the game and deserved to win.
“To have your support in these games means so much, and as I have always said, we are nothing without our fans.”
The letter continued: “As a gesture of our thanks, we would like to invite you to a City hospitality experience at the return fixture vs Shakhtar Donetsk on 26th November 2019.
“On behalf of the players and the staff, I would like to thank you again for your incredible support. Pep Guardiola.”
The letter did not reveal which of the three available VIP packages will be offered to them.
The pinnacle of game-day experiences is City’s Tunnel Club VVIP – which costs £12,000 for a group of ten.
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That allows the group to watch the game from heated seats in a private booth directly above the dugout, as well as enjoy a five-course meal and see the players walk out to the pitch through a glass tunnel.
The “standard” Tunnel Club costs half the price at just £600 per person – offering the same experience but not in a private seating area.
Then there’s the Chairman’s Cup at £359 per person – an almost identical experience, but in the directors’ box rather than in the tunnel, pitch-side.
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