Gareth Taylor’s highly anticipated rebuild from Manchester City Women began with the signing of Venezuela international Deyna Castellanos from Atlético Madrid.
The 23-year-old striker is expected to be the first of several summer signings on the Etihad campus and will officially join Taylor’s squad on July 1. Castellanos is currently coming through City’s revolving door with an impressive CV. In just over two seasons in Spain, a player who will wear the No.10 shirt in Manchester has scored 26 goals in 71 appearances, while at international level she captains her country and has 12 goals in 25 games.
Her early playing years were spent in the United States where, while attending Florida State University, she shone for her team, the Seminoles. In 2017, when Castellanos was 18, she was shortlisted for Fifa’s Women’s Player of the Year award alongside Carli Lloyd and Lieke Martens.
Taylor, who said goodbye to some key City players including England’s Lucy Bronze and her Bayern Munich international team-mate Georgia Stanway in the summer, is delighted to have acquired the striker. “We are delighted to have Deyna on board,” he said. “She’s a player we’ve looked up to for a long time. She’s an incredibly exciting talent who has a real thirst and desire to succeed.”
Castellanos seemed equally enthusiastic. “Looking around all the facilities here is just amazing,” she said. “I believe this club will help me improve as a player and I hope I can also improve Manchester City. The team’s style of football was very appealing to me and I feel that I can fit in very well here, while being challenged to develop and grow.
The coming weeks are set to see a significant changing of the guard on the Etihad campus where, in addition to Bronze and Stanway, others leaving Taylor’s squad include Scotswoman Caroline Weir, England’s Jill Scott and the retired English goalkeeper Karen Bardsley.