Janine Beckie dispels transfer rumors: ‘I’m not leaving Portland’

Janine Beckie. (Craig Mitchelldyer-USA TODAY Sports)

Janine Beckie is committed to the Portland Thorns.

The Canadian national team member joined Portland last season on a three-year contract after four seasons with Manchester City. This offseason, both Everton and Manchester City reportedly had expressed interest in bringing the winger back to the Women’s Super League, but Beckie put the speculation to rest on Wednesday.

“Wanted to take the chance to put the rumors to bed,” Beckie wrote on Twitter. “I’m not leaving Portland! Love this team and looking forward to this coming NWSL season.”

Beckie, 28, made 17 appearances for the Thorns this season en route to winning the NWSL Championship.

The Thorns are undergoing some major changes this offseason. Investigations conducted by both U.S. Soccer and the NWSL have revealed widespread misconduct within the club in relation to former head coach Paul Riley. Owner Merritt Paulson has committed to selling the club, while Rhian Wilkinson resigned as head coach after exchanging a series of text messages with a player.

Beckie, a 2020 Olympic gold medalist with Canada, previously played for the Houston Dash and Sky Blue FC (now Gotham FC) in the NWSL.