Manchester City have signed 21-year-old Spanish international defender Laia Aleixandri on a three-year deal.
Aleixandri joins from Atletico Madrid, for whom she made just short of 50 appearances, including playing in the UEFA Women’s Champions League.
She has played at two youth World Cups and made her senior debut for Spain in May 2019 against Cameroon, marking the occasion with a goal.
In January 2020, she was named by UEFA as one of the ten most promising young players in Europe.
Aleixandri said: “Manchester City is a very big club with top players and staff, and I believe this is the best move for me to make. This is a team who likes to play with the ball and with an offensive style, and that suits me personally.
“My dream here is to win a lot of titles and to improve as a player with the help of my new teammates.”
Head Coach Gareth Taylor added: “Having such a talented young player as Laia join our team is a real coup for us as a club.
“Even though she is only 21, she has an incredible amount of experience under her belt for both club and country so far and it is so exciting to think about what is to come from her in the future.
“She is a player who is hungry to learn and grow, and she will certainly have the opportunity to do that here at City with the team she will have around her.”