Manchester City Women’s rebuild ahead of the new season continued on Wednesday after signing Spain defender Leila Ouahabi from Barcelona on a two-year deal. City say the 29-year-old winger will officially join the club on July 1 following the conclusion of his current contract with Women’s Champions League finalists and Primera Division champions Barcelona.
A graduate of Barcelona’s famed La Masia academy, Ouahabi won every trophy possible during an 11-year spell with the Catalan giants. She also spent three years in Valencia. “It’s going to be a completely different experience for me, and I’m really looking forward to it,” Ouahabi told the club’s website.
“I want to continue enjoying my football and City are a strong club. Personally and professionally, I think I will grow and develop here.” Ouahabi is City’s second signing in a week after the arrival of Deyna Castellanos from Atletico Madrid, with a number of long-serving players leaving this summer.
England internationals Lucy Bronze, Georgia Stanway and Jill Scott as well as Scotland’s Caroline Weir have all left the club, while England goalkeeper Karen Bardsley announced her retirement last month. City finished third in the 2021-22 Women’s Super League season behind champions Chelsea and second-placed Arsenal.
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