Manchester City Women have signed Barcelona and Spain defender Leila Ouahabi to a two-year contract.
The 29-year-old will officially join the club on July 1, subject to international clearance.
Ouahabi has been the engine of success for Barcelona and Spain. She joined the Catalan club in 2016, winning five Primera Division titles, seven Copa de la Reinas, two Supercopa Femeninas, three Copa Catalunyas and one Women’s Champions League after Barcelona beat Chelsea in 2021.
Making her senior international debut for Spain in February 2016, she helped them win the Algarve Cup the following year – scoring the winning goal against Canada. Ouahabi was also part of a historic Spanish Women’s World Cup squad in 2019, where they advanced beyond the group stages for the first time before losing to the United States in the round of 16.
Speaking about his move to Manchester, Ouahabi said: “I’m very happy. I was looking forward to this moment and I’m really happy now that everything is done.
“Manchester City have always been a team that has caught my eye. I love their style of football so much and the DNA of the club is very exciting.
“It’s going to be a completely different experience for me, and I’m really looking forward to it. I want to continue enjoying my football and City are a strong club.
”Personally and professionally, I think I will grow and develop here.
“I also want to keep winning trophies. I like winning and being competitive, and I come here to win trophies for City.”
Head coach Gareth Taylor added: “Leila is a player who has become accustomed to success throughout her career, and we are delighted that she has joined us with the aim of continuing here in England.
“She has great experience in high-pressure situations and will give everything she has to win, which fits perfectly with our own philosophy.
“She’s a player we’ve looked up to for a long time given her position in the game and to finally get her signature is incredibly exciting.
“We can’t wait to see her make her mark on the English game.”
There have been a number of exits at Man City this summer, with Lucy Bronze, Georgia Stanway, Caroline Weir and Jill Scott leaving the club.
Atletico’s Castellanos signs three-year contract with Man City
Ouahabi follows Deyna Castellanos to the Academy stadium. The striker signed a three-year contract with City last week after joining from Atletico Madrid.
The 23-year-old – who will wear the No.10 shirt – will officially join the Women’s Super League club on July 1, once her contract with the Spanish club expires.
Castellanos scored 23 goals in 58 appearances during a two-and-a-half-season stint with Atletico, where she won the 2021 Spanish Super Cup.
She said Sky Sports News: “It’s great to be part of this team. I’m very excited to start the league and the pre-season, and to train with my teammates and the coaching staff. I’m excited to have a new chapter in my life and in my career.”