Former Arsenal forward Vicky Losada has signed for Manchester City from Barcelona.

Vicky Losada of FC Barcelona during the Primera Iberdrola match between FC Barcelona and SD Eibar at Johan Cruyff Stadium in Barcelona, Spain on June 27, 2021. Barcelona Catalonia Spain Copyright: DAX Images
Vicky Losada of FC Barcelona during the Primera Iberdrola match between FC Barcelona and SD Eibar at Johan Cruyff Stadium in Barcelona, Spain on June 27, 2021. Barcelona Catalonia Spain Copyright: DAX Images

30-year-old Barcelona forward, Vicky Losada, has returned to England to sign for Manchester City, five years after she left Arsenal.

“I’m so excited for next season and to have been able to join one of the best clubs in the world,” she told mancitycom.

“As soon as I had the offer from Manchester City, I didn’t have any doubts about it – I knew that it was time to leave Barcelona and close that chapter of my career after one of the best years of my life.

“I’ve always said that I missed the English league – I feel like it brings out the best in me as a player. I am so excited to return to it now and be a part of this fantastic football club.”

City head coach Gareth Taylor said: “Her winning mentality and desire to be at the top of her game matches our own ethos here at City, and the fact that she has already previously made her mark in the FAWSL speaks volumes about her adaptability.”

Across her career, Losada spent 15 years with Barcelona, peppered with spells at Espanyol, Western New York, and, of course, Arsenal.

When Losada left Arsenal in 2016 to return to Barcelona after a year-and-a-half, it was a somewhat surprising decision at the time, despite the need to trim the squad. We even named her our Best Player for 2016, as did the official Arsenal women’s supporters’ club.

She left at the same time as Natalia Pablos Sanchon and Marta Corredera, neither of whom saw much game time in their final season with Arsenal. Losada, however, featured in almost every game.

Within the next six months, however, Arsenal signed a couple of players you might have heard of – Vivianne Miedema and Kim Little.

Losada has signed a contract with Manchester City until 2023 and will wear the number 17 shirt.

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