– Colin Bell has been confirmed dead at the age of 74

– The Manchester City legend was said to have battled with a long term illness before giving up the ghost

– City stars are expected to pay tribute to their former midfielder when they battle Man United at Old Trafford tomorrow

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Manchester City family has been thrown into mourning barely five days into the New Year following the death of their legend Colin Bell.

The former England international who spent 13 years at the Etihad Stadium was confirmed dead on Tuesday, January 5 after battling a long-term illness.

He was regarded as one of the finest players to have ever donned the Citizens outfits after scoring 152 goals in 492 appearances across competitions.

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The 74-year-old won all three major domestic trophies at Maine Road and was part of the team to lift the 1970 European Cup Winners’ Cup according to Daily Mail.

Colin Bell: Manchester City legend dies at age 74

Colin Bell in action for Manchester City during their 2-1 win over Arsenal in 1974.
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City travel to Old Trafford for their EFL Cup semifinal against Manchester United and they will have to honour the club’s ambassador before the kickoff on Wednesday, January 6. Club chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak said:

“Colin Bell will always be remembered as one of Manchester City’s greatest players and the very sad news today of his passing will affect everybody connected to our club.

“I am fortunate to be able to speak regularly to his former manager and teammates, and it’s clear to me that Colin was a player held in the highest regard by all those who had the privilege of playing alongside him or seeing him play.

“The passage of time does little to erase the memories of his genius. The fact that we have a stand at the Etihad Stadium named after Colin speaks volumes about the importance of his contribution to this club.”

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Bell suffered a terrible injury during a derby against United in 1975 and blamed the incident for his failure to reach 100 international appearances for his national team last year.

The late midfielder got his career started at Bury and played his last game with San Jose Earthquakes.

Legit.ng earlier reported that Liverpool’s chances of retaining the Premier League title this season suffers a major setback following their 1-0 defeat to Southampton at St Mary’s Stadium.

Danny Ings’ second-minute strike was all the home team needed to claim maximum points and deny the Reds a chance to extend their lead to three points on the table.

Despite playing one game more, the Merseyside are joint table toppers with Manchester United ahead of their EPL meeting at Anfield on January 17.

However, the race to win the Premier League has continued to hot up as no single club seems to be running away with the title like Liverpool did last term.

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