Manchester City have signed Atlético de Madrid striker Deyna Castellanos for three years.
The 23-year-old, who will wear the number 10 shirt, will officially move to the Superliga Femenina side on July 1 once her contract with the Spanish club expires.
Castellanos scored 23 goals in 58 appearances during a period of two and a half seasons with Atlético, where he won the 2021 Supercopa de España.
She said Sky sports news: “It feels great to be part of this team. I am very excited to start the league and preseason, and train with my teammates and the coaching staff. I am excited to have a new chapter in my life and in my career.”
Castellanos added: “It’s a big step in my career and I can’t wait for it to start. Looking at all the facilities here, it’s just amazing. I think this club will help me improve as a player.” and I hope I can help Manchester City too.
“The style of football that the team plays was very attractive to me, and I feel like I can fit in very well here, while also being challenged to develop and grow.
“I also chose the number 10 shirt because I played in that number at university and scored some great goals wearing it, so I hope I can create many more good memories with it here at City.”
The Venezuelan international shone as a teenager and was in a shortlist of three, along with Carli Lloyd and Lieke Mertens, for the FIFA Women’s Player of the Year award in 2017 at just 18 years old.
Castellanos has played 25 games with Venezuela, in which he has scored 12 goals.
Head coach Gareth Taylor added: “We are delighted to have Deyna on board – she is a player we have admired for a long time and we are very pleased to have finally been able to bring her to the club.”
“She is an incredibly exciting player and her inclusion in the FIFA Best shortlist at just 18 speaks volumes about her impact on the game at such a young age and how talented she is.
“She has a real hunger and desire to be very successful on the field and we look forward to working with her for years to come.”
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