Manchester City Women’s star Toni Duggan has joined Barcelona today, signing a two-year deal with the Catalan giants. Duggan, 25, moved to Manchester City from Everton in 2013 and has been a key part of the team ever since scoring 31 goals in 74 appearances.
Speaking to Barca TV upon her arrival, Duggan had this to say about her move and time at City:
“FC Barcelona are known all over the world for playing attractive football and I naturally wanted to be part of that,” Duggan said. “I think my style of play will suit the team and I’m honoured to be part of the club.”
“I’ve had a lot of success in England and I’ve really enjoyed my time with Manchester City but I wanted to challenge myself even further by playing abroad. I’m also looking forward to learning Spanish and living in the city.”
Duggan’s move comes as a bit of a shock – not simply because she is the first English footballer to sign for Barcelona since Gary Linekar 31 years ago – but because Manchester City’s women’s team looks so exciting at the moment. City have made their desire to build a world class women’s team clear with signings such as Carli Lloyd at the start of the season and although Duggan’s move is a bit of a blow to the team, there are no doubt replacements in mind to make the team stronger next season.