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Manchester City signs Atlético Madrid striker Deyna Castellanos

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Deyna Castellanos has signed with Manchester City, the club announced Friday.

The 23-year-old striker is joining the club on a three-year deal starting July 1. She previously had been with Atlético Madrid.

The Venezuelan native spent her college years at Florida State, scoring 48 goals in 82 appearances and earning one of the final three spots for FIFA Best Player of the Year in 2017.

Castellanos joined Madrid in 2020 and scored 23 times in 58 appearances for the club. During the 2020-21 season, she helped the team win the Supercopa de España Femenina.

She will wear No. 10 for City, the same number she wore when playing for the Seminoles.

“I’m very happy to be a Manchester City player – it is a huge move for myself in my career and I can’t wait for it to begin,” she said. “Looking around at all the facilities here, it is just amazing – I believe that this Club will help to improve me as a player, and I hope that I can help Manchester City too.

“The style of football that the team play was very attractive to me and I feel as though I can fit in very well here, whilst also being challenged to develop and grow.”

Manchester City coach Gareth Taylor added that the team is “thrilled” to have Castellanos on board.

“She is a player we have admired for a long time and we’re so pleased that we have been able to finally bring her to the club,” he said.

Castellanos also has been a member of the Venezuelan national team system since childhood. Last year, she was one of many players who alleged that coach Kenneth Zsermeta had sexually harassed and abused them.