Chloe Kelly has become the latest Manchester City player to commit her future to the club she joined in 2020.
England winger Kelly, 24, put pen to paper on a three year contract extension, following team mates Lauren Hemp, Steph Houghton and Esme Morgan in signing the deal to stay at the City Football Academy.
Having joined City in the summer of 2020 from Everton on a two year deal, Kelly scored 16 goals in 34 games before her maiden season was brought to a premature end by an ACL injury sustained in May last year as City finished runners in the league and lifted the 2019-20 Women’s FA Cup.
She was voted as City’s Player of the Season at the end of the 2020/21 season and was included in the PFA Team of the Year while also scooping up the Women’s Player of the Year award in the North West Football Awards in November.
Kelly is yet to feature this term but is nearing a return to first team action after months out with her injury.
Speaking about her extension, Kelly said: “I’m over the moon to finally put pen to paper on a new deal.
“I’m really happy with the way I’ve started my time here at City, and long may that continue.
“As soon as I came here, I felt so welcomed into the group – the girls are great.
I know I’ve still got so much to learn and the best is yet to come, but I want to win trophies and I believe that we can do that here at City.
“During my rehabilitation, this has been a time where I’ve learnt so much about myself off the pitch too.
“I’ve really enjoyed working with Gareth [Taylor] as well – he’s really brought out the best in me so far and especially during my first season, he gave me the confidence I needed to thrive as a player.
“It was a great start to my time here, but it was really unfortunate that I didn’t get to play in front of our fans.
“That’s something I’m so excited for in my comeback – to finally play in front of our amazing supporters at the Academy Stadium.”
Gareth Taylor, Manchester City Women Head Coach, added: “Having Chloe sign an extension with us is fantastic news – given that we’ve been without her this season, her upcoming return will be like having a new signing and that’s such an exciting prospect with a player of her calibre.
“She’s an unbelievable talent, as she showed during her first season here, and is a player with a very bright future ahead of her.
“We’ve definitely only scratched the surface of what she has to offer so far.
“Her commitment and dedication, whether that be on the pitch or during her rehabilitation, is clear to see and I’m thrilled that we’ll have the opportunity to continue to work with her and hopefully enjoy success together in the years to come.”