Three-time Women’s Champions League winner, Lucy Bronze has re-joined Manchester City Women on a two-year deal after leaving Lyon at the end of her contract in August.
Speaking on her decision to return to City where she helped the club to a maiden Women’s Super League title in 2016, Bronze said; “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.
“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 that we have here.”
Since leaving City in Summer 2017, Bronze had helped Lyon to three Division 1 Feminine titles plus is the first English player across both men’s and women games to win the Champions League on three occasions, let alone in consecutive seasons after helping Lyon defeat Wolfsburg in 2018 and 2020 finals, either side of beating Barcelona in the 2019 Final.
Bronze also was part of the England team who finished fourth in 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup and as she returns to the Academy Stadium, Bronze admitted that she feels that she returns as a improved player, saying; “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.”
City however have evolved since Bronze left for Lyon three years ago as Nick Cushing moved on to become Assistant Manager at New York City FC, with Gareth Taylor succeeding Cushing as the new permanent manager.
Taylor is “absolutely thrilled…” to have Bronze back whilst praising her “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.”
City’s Head of Women Football, Gavin Makel meanwhile commented on Bronze’s passion for glory and continued progress, saying; “… she still maintains that hunger for even more success whilst having the desire to continue to develop.
“The sheer focus and mentality is one of the main reasons why she is regarded as one of the best players in the world and I couldn’t be happier to welcome her back to the Club.”