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Manchester City Football Club is delighted to announce that three-time UEFA Women's Champions League winner and seasoned England international Lucy Bronze has signed a two-year contract to return to the Academy Stadium.
The 28-year-old moves back to her native England following the conclusion of her contract with Olympique Lyonnais, bringing the curtain down on a trophy-laden three-year spell in France.
Born in Berwick-upon-Tweed, the full-back started her career with Sunderland - coupled with a brief spell in North Carolina - before two-year stints apiece with Everton and Liverpool, winning successive FA WSL titles with the latter.
Manchester City was Bronze's next port of call in 2014 however, and during her three years with the Club, she played an integral part in the team's double winning campaign of 2016.Her own efforts during that season meanwhile saw her named PFA Women's Players' Player of the Year, FA WSL Players' Player of the Year and Manchester City Women's Player of the Season.
It was during her first spell with City that she also began to flourish on the international stage with England and, after helping the Lionesses to a third place finish in the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup, she earned a spot in the tournament's All-Star Squad.
Departing Manchester in August 2017 for Lyon, success continued for the right back as she helped the team to three consecutive UEFA Women's Champions League successes and Division 1 Feminine league titles, alongside two Coupe de France Féminine victories and one Trophée des Championnes.
Awarded the title of BBC Women's Footballer of the Year twice and a place in the FIFA FIFPro Women's World 11 on two occasions, she was also named UEFA Women's Player of the Year in 2019.
An instantly recognisable name and one of the game's finest talents, Bronze's reunion with City also sees her make her eagerly anticipated return to the Barclays FA Women's Super League.
Speaking about her homecoming, 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.
"I really enjoyed my time in France, but there were so many things that I missed and it's great to be back.
"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.
"Having already experienced everything that City has to offer as a Club, it was a no-brainer for me when the offer came in and there isn't another team in England that I would have looked at.
"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 we have here."
Head Coach Gareth Taylor meanwhile said: "We're absolutely thrilled to see Lucy return to Manchester City and I'm sure I speak on behalf of everyone when I say that we're delighted to have her back at the Club.
"She is an 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.
"She joins us off the back of a hugely successful few years in France and being able to add a player of her quality to our already ambitious squad is incredibly exciting."
Head of Women's Football Gavin Makel added: "Lucy has received many accolades over the years, and rightly so.
"What impresses me most about her however is that despite what she has already achieved in the game, she still maintains that hunger for even more success whilst having the desire to continue to develop.
"That 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."
Bronze will wear the number 20 shirt during the 2020-21 Barclays FA Women's Super League campaign.
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