Alex Greenwood signs for Manchester City Women
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Manchester City Women have completed the signing Alex Greenwood on a free transfer after her contract with Olympique Lyonnais ended.

The ex-Manchester United left-back has signed a three-year deal in Manchester and arrives as Gareth Taylor’s fifth signing of the window, joining England and ex-Lyon teammate Lucy Bronze in blue.

Decorated career

Greenwood has had a career spanning over a decade so far in football, despite being just 27.

The Liverpool native began her career with Everton in 2010, before moving on to Notts County, Liverpool and then Manchester United before heading for France. She won the FA Young Player of the Year Award at Everton before linking up with fellow City striker Ellen White in Notts County.

Following her stint with Liverpool, Greenwood opted to move to Manchester with the Red Devils in 2018. The England star captained United as they won promotion to the Women’s Super League at the first time of asking, before her move to Lyon.

Her spell in France was short, but glittering. Alongside Bronze, Greenwood led the charge as Lyon secured the Trophee des Championnes, the Coupe de France, Ligue 1 and Lyon’s fifth consecutive UEFA Women’s Champions League crown.

She made her England bow in 2014, playing against Finland in the Cyprus Cup. She has appeared in two World Cup semi finals for the Lionesses and helped the Lionesses win the 2019 SheBelieves Cup. To date, she has 46 caps for England.

Greenwood will wear the number 27 shirt for the Cityzens.

Raring to go

Greenwood has been speaking of her eagerness to get started in Blue to the club’s media:

“I’m so excited to get going – it’s been a crazy and unforgettable few weeks, but I just can’t wat to get started and bring that winning feeling to City”.

She has also spoken on her reasoning for choosing Manchester over anywhere else:

“This Club has always impressed me with their success, how much importance they view the women’s game and the players they attract. It’s an environment I’m looking forward to working in”.

Manchester City’s head coach Gareth Taylor has spoken on why he was so keen to bring Greenwood back to Manchester:

“She is a proven England international who will fit right into the group we have here at City, while she has also been involved in a number of successes recently to add accolades to her already impressive career so far.

“She’s a very ambitious player and we’re looking forward to hopefully enjoying more success together in the coming seasons”.