Women’s Champions League winning midfielder Vicky Losada has joined Manchester City from Barcelona on a two-year deal.
Losada, 30, signed a two year deal to start her second spell in England having captained Barcelona to a domestic treble in 2020/21 – and she will wear the number 17 shirt.
She started her career with Barcelona as a teenager and has since won six league titles, seven Copa de la Reina trophies, eight Copa Catalunyas plus a Supercopa Feminina and Champions League.
She also had brief spells away from the Estadi Johan Cruyff, at Espanyol (2007-08), Western New York Flash (2014) and Arsenal (2015-2016), winning a cup double with the Gunners in the FAWSL.
During her time with Arsenal she was named in the PFA’s WSL Team of the Year in 2015/16 and also scooped the Supporters’ Player of the Season accolade.
With impeccable leadership qualities, Losada had been captain of Barcelona since 2013 apart from the year she spent at Arsenal.
And she has 64 caps for Spain, scoring 13 goals since her debut against England in a 2-2 draw back in June 2010, and has also represented Catalonia on a handful of occasions.
Speaking about her move, she said: “I’m so excited for next season and to have been able to join one of the best clubs in the world.
“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.”
Head Coach Gareth Taylor added: “We’re delighted to welcome Vicky to Manchester City.
“She is a player who has enjoyed an incredible level of success throughout her career so far and we’re thrilled to have brought someone of her calibre to the Club.
“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.
“Vicky’s experience in high-pressure situations will also be very important to the team as a whole as we aim to lift more trophies in the near future, and we’re very much looking forward to working with her over the next few years.”
Managing Director Gavin Makel concluded: “Vicky is a highly established and decorated international who will add a wealth of experience and quality to an already exciting group of players.
“I am delighted that she has joined us as we look to build on the successes of last season.”