The wait is finally over and it's official, Lucy Bronze is back in England. She spent the last three years with Olympique Lyonnais where she won three consecutive Champions League and Division 1 Feminine titles.
Bronze signs a two-year deal with City on a free transfer after her Lyon contract expired August 31, the day after her third Women's Champions League final victory.
Described as the best women footballer in the world by Lionesses' manager, Phil Neville, Bronze has been named UEFA's Player of the year, BBC Women's Footballer of the year...twice, and the PFA Player's Player of the Year among some accolades.
This FA WSL season is looking to be one of the most exciting seasons with world class signings across the league and Bronze being one of the most awaited signings.
City's new signing can make her first WSL appearance in a sky blue shirt this Sunday against Brighton & Hove Albion at the Academy Stadium just days before she is off to training camp with the Lionesses.
Speaking to Manchester City media:
“I’m really happy to be back here at City – I always had it in my mind that I would return one day, and it just feels like the perfect time and
opportunity right now.
“I really enjoyed my time in France, but there were so many things that I missed and it’s great to be back. I feel like I’m returning as a better leader and person who is capable of bringing similar success to the table here in England both domestically with City and internationally too.
“Having already experienced everything that City has to offer as a Club, it was a no brainer for me when the offer came in and there isn’t another team in England that I would have looked at.
“There’s nowhere I’d rather be right now than with Manchester City and I’m really excited to see what the future holds with the exciting squad we have here.”
Gareth Taylor's thoughts
Speaking to Manchester City Media:
“We’re absolutely thrilled to see Lucy return to Manchester City and I’m sure I speak on behalf of everyone when I say that we’re delighted to have her back at the Club.
“She is an unrivalled talent and her endless individual and team awards only scratch the surface of what a superb player she is, not only at Club level, but also internationally with England.
“She joins us off the back of a hugely successful few years in France and being able to add a player of her quality to our already ambitious squad is incredibly exciting."