Venezuela ahead Deyna Castellanos has joined Manchester Metropolis on a free switch, the membership have introduced.
Castellanos, who was on the three-player shortlist for the 2017 FIFA The Finest award, left Atletico Madrid upon the expiry of her contract final week and advised ESPN the transfer to Metropolis was a “dream come true.”
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“It is very thrilling,” Castellanos advised ESPN. “It is going to be a problem going to a brand new membership and a brand new group, nevertheless it’s a dream come true. I’m trying ahead to begin subsequent season.
“The best way Manchester Metropolis play, I like their model. It is one thing that I really feel I can match.
Castellanos joins Metropolis because the membership face excessive turnover within the facet following the high-profile departures of defender Lucy Bronze, midfielder Caroline Weir and ahead Georgia Stanway.
Sources have advised ESPN that Castellanos is certainly one of a variety of signings Ciy goal to announce within the coming weeks.
Poor kind amid an damage disaster at the beginning of the season price Gareth Taylor’s facet any hopes of contending for the Ladies’s Tremendous League title final time period. Nonetheless, a robust end to the season, which noticed them win 15 of their final 17 matches, helped them to clinch Ladies’s Champions League qualification for subsequent season, in addition to a runners-up end within the Ladies’s FA Cup remaining by the hands of Chelsea.
“It is going to be a problem, however that’s one thing I actually needed in my profession. It is one of many causes that I’m coming right here, to be out of my consolation zone and study from the gamers and workers. It’s one thing that’s actually thrilling for me,” she added.
“Clearly, everybody says the identical: it’s a very completely different league, a really quick league. It’s one thing that’s going to make me higher as a participant and an expert.”
Castellanos starred for the Florida State Seminoles earlier than becoming a member of Atletico in January 2020, the place she scored 22 objectives in 53 video games in all competitions.
Atletico completed fourth in Ladies’s LaLiga this season, 31 factors behind champions Barcelona, who received all 30 of their league matches. That’s in stark comparability to the WSL, which was received in a nail-biting end by Chelsea on the ultimate day of the season.
“Each league could be very completely different,” Castellanos mentioned. “Barcelona have a bunch of gamers who’ve been taking part in collectively for fairly a very long time, and there are a very good group and so gifted.
“They’ve been taking part in so lengthy collectively they may play with their eyes closed, principally. That may be a very particular factor Barcelona has, and I believe that is certainly one of their keys for his or her success. I simply hope Manchester Metropolis can compete in opposition to them and everybody else within the league and Champions League.”