Lucy Bronze is to depart Man City after five seasons at the club over two spells; She has won the WSL title, two FA Cups and two League Cups; Man City say Bronze "is now set for pastures new" with her contract set to expire on June 30; Georgia Stanway and Caroline Weir also leaving City
Thursday 26 May 2022 17:05, UK
England defender Lucy Bronze is to leave Manchester City at the end of her contract this summer.
The 30-year-old rejoined City in 2020 after a spell with Lyon, having previously played for them from 2014 to 2017.
Bronze has made 111 appearances in total for the Academy Stadium outfit, scoring 14 goals.
City say Bronze "is now set for pastures new" with her contract set to expire on June 30.
A club statement added: "Manchester City would like to express their gratitude and thanks to Lucy for her contributions during her two spells at the club and wish her all the best for the future."
During her first spell with City, Bronze won the WSL title, the Continental Tyres League Cup and Women's FA Cup, before leaving for France.
The full-back returned to Manchester after three seasons with Lyon, and was later crowned FIFA Best Women's Player of the Year 2020 before being named in the Team GB squad for the delayed Tokyo Games.
Bronze has also won the FA Cup and League Cup in her second stint with City.
Following the end of their 2021-22 season, City had already announced end-of-contract departures including Bronze's international team-mate Georgia Stanway, who has joined Bayern Munich, and Scotland midfielder Caroline Weir, linked with Real Madrid.
Sky Sports News reporter Anton Toloui:
"Manchester City didn't offer Lucy Bronze a new deal, choosing instead to look at other options at the position and to free up space in their budget.
"City have talented defender Esme Morgan, who is currently recovering from injury, to take Bronze's place at right-back and the club is expected to make a number of signings this summer.
"The departures of Georgia Stanway to Bayern, Caroline Weir to Real Madrid (when confirmed), Jill Scott on a free transfer and Karen Bardsley's retirement means there's a lot of experience to make up for throughout the squad.
"As for Bronze, she has an offer on the table from a Nation Women's Soccer League club, but timing will be an issue. Bronze will be playing at the Euros through July and the U.S. regular season ends in October."