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Deyna Castellanos: New Man City signee sees success in Europe

Deyna Castellanos
Deyna Castellanos spent two years at Atletico Madrid after moving from Florida

Deyna Castellanos says she wants to help “achieve something bigger” in the Champions League after joining Manchester City on a three-year deal from Atletico Madrid.

The Venezuelan striker is Gareth Taylor’s first signing of the summer.

“I want to win all the tournaments we compete in,” Castellanos, 23, told BBC Sport.

She comes after two years in Madrid, having previously graduated from Florida State University.

“For me that’s really important – winning trophies together and individually,” added Castellanos. “The Champions League is something every player wants to play in.

“We will work to do better in this tournament and try to do something bigger.”

City have never won the Champions League but consistently fight for domestic trophies, lifting the League Cup and reaching the FA Cup final last season.

“It’s very exciting to be part of this team. I was looking forward to being part of such a big team and club,” said Castellanos, who captains Venezuela and has scored 12 goals in 25 games for them national page.

“It was about the way Manchester City play and the style they have. I really like that. It shakes up the league, which is very fast and very direct.

“Manchester City’s style of play is very special because they’re a possession side. That was one of the big aspects of my decision. It’s exciting but it’s going to be a challenge for sure.”

A number of players have left Manchester City on expiring contracts, including three-time Champions League winner Lucy Bronze, Scotland midfielder Caroline Weir and England midfielders Georgia Stanway and Jill Scott.

But Castellanos, who is expected to be the first of several signings this summer, said Taylor was “excited about things Manchester City are doing”.

“He was looking forward to me going to the Copa America [on 8-30 July] and come into the pre-season in good form,” she added.

“He gave me some tips on where he thought I could help the team and I was really excited about that.”

Castellanos, who has scored 23 goals in 58 games for Atletico, described herself as a “very technical and creative player”.

She said: “I like having the ball at my feet, trying to improve my team-mates and scoring goals. I’ll try that.

“I hope we [the fans and I] enjoy together for a long time and I hope to celebrate titles and goals together.”

Taylor said: “She’s a player we’ve admired for a long time so we’re delighted to finally bring her to the club.”

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