Manchester City Women have re-signed right-back Lucy Bronze, after the defender’s contract at European champions Lyon expired.
Bronze, who swapped Manchester for France in 2017, won eight major trophies while with the French side, including three Champions League titles, three domestic league title and two French cups.
Her deal with Lyon expired on 31stAugust and there was some speculation as to where her next destination would be, however the defender said there was only one place she wanted to be.
“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. 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.”
Bronze first joined City in 2014 and began her career at Sunderland and also played for both Merseyside team Liverpool and Everton before joining the blues, and becomes City’s fourth signing of the summer, after the captures of Chloe Kelly, Sam Mewis and Rose Lavelle. The defender was a key member of the City team that won the WSL and Continental Cup 2016 and the Women’s FA Cup on 2017.
Manager Gareth Taylor says Bronze is an “unrivalled talent’. “Her endless individual and team awards only scratch the surface of what a superb player she is.”
Bronze has earned 70 caps for England, was named in the Fifa Fifpro Women’s World XI twice and was crowned Uefa Women’s player of the year in 2019. She was also won the BBC’s Women’s footballer of the Year award in 2020.
Welcome back to Manchester Lucy.