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Ellen White completes Manchester City move

Ellen White completes Manchester City move
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The England international turned down the offer of a new deal at Birmingham.

Manchester City Women have announced the signing of Birmingham and England forward Ellen White on a two-year deal.

The 30-year-old, scorer of 28 goals across 80 international appearances, has turned down the offer of a new Birmingham contract and will join City on July 1.

City's announcement comes after forward Nikita Parris last weekend on social media said she was leaving the club. Both players are in England's squad for this summer's World Cup in France.

White said in a statement from City: "I'm really excited. Manchester City are a fantastic club.

"I know many of the players here and they've given me so many great reviews on the coaching, the facilities, the way City play, and I really wanted to join that culture. I can't wait to get started, to meet everyone and to get on the pitch.

"I still want to learn, I still want to develop, and I think I'm really going to do that here.

"I want to be in an environment and with a group of players that have that same winning mentality, that same professionalism, that same commitment and passion (I do), and I think that's a great fit (for me) at City."

White celebrates after England go 1-0 up against Spain
White celebrates after England go 1-0 up against Spain (Bradley Collyer/PA)

City boss Nick Cushing said: "Ellen is somebody we know will lead the line well for us and give us the opportunity of scoring more goals and dominating games offensively. She's an ambitious player that wants to win trophies and that's what we want at Manchester City.

"We've played well this year, we've won two trophies, but to make that next step, we know we need characters in the dressing room that are going to push this team forward and she is one of them."

White joined Birmingham in January 2017 and was the Women's Super League top-scorer in 2017-18 with 15 goals. She scored six goals for the club in 2018-19 as they finished fourth.

Cushing's City side came second – with FWA Women's Footballer of the Year Parris scoring 19 league goals – and won both the Women's FA Cup and Continental League Cup.


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