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England star Lucy Bronze says Barcelona transfer has provided confidence boost ahead of Euro 2022

Lucy Bronze reveals she turned down a potential Lyon return to complete a shocking move to Barcelona this summer…with welcome messages from Ballon d’Or winner Alexia Putellas giving the England star a huge confidence boost ahead of Euro 2022

  • England defender Lucy Bronze says joining Barcelona has boosted her confidence
  • Barca announced the surprising free signing of the 30-year-old on Saturday
  • Bronze has revealed she has turned down the chance to return to Lyon this summer
  • After her move to Camp Nou, she has already been contacted by Alexia Putellas
  • The transfer has provided a timely moral boost in the run-up to this summer’s European Championship

England star Lucy Bronze says signing for Barcelona has given her a huge boost for the European Championship, as the defender revealed she turned down the chance to return to Champions League winners Lyon.

Barca announced the surprise signing of Bronze on Saturday, which has been strongly linked with a move to the United States, with the defender signing a two-year contract.

The 30-year-old, who has already been contacted by Barca’s Ballon d’Or winner Alexia Putellas, admitted it was a nice feeling to receive multiple offers after leaving Manchester City.

England's Lucy Bronze says joining Barcelona has given her confidence for the European Championship

England’s Lucy Bronze says her participation in Barcelona has given her confidence for the European Championship

“I got offers from Lyon and Barca, the two best teams in the world. It wasn’t bad to be able to pick from that and make my decision,” said Bronze.

“It gives me a lot of confidence as a player, knowing that these great teams that are so successful want to sign me, want me to play, know that I can make a difference to their team.

‘After the signing on Saturday, Alexia [Putellas] texted me she was so excited to play with me on the team. Things like that give you a lot of confidence when players want to play with you and teams want you.

“Who doesn’t like to hear they’re good? It gives you confidence and confidence plays a big part in how you perform on the pitch.”

Bronze announced she was leaving City last month and was adamant she wanted her future settled before heading to the European Championship.

Bronze completed a surprise move to Barca on Saturday and signed a two-year contract in Catalonia

Bronze completed a surprise move to Barca on Saturday and signed a two-year contract in Catalonia

The defender has revealed she has turned down the chance to return to ex-club Lyon this summer

The defender has revealed she has turned down the chance to return to ex-club Lyon this summer

Bronze has already received a welcome message from Ballon d'Or winner Alexia Putellas

Bronze has already received a welcome message from Ballon d’Or winner Alexia Putellas

‘It was almost done’ [the move to Barca] the week after the end of the season I just had to find the time to sort it all out. It was hard to keep my mouth shut because it was clearly so exciting.

“All I said to Barca and my agent was that I want it done for the tournament, want it done, get it out of the way, I want to be able to focus on England, I don’t want to ask about which ones. club you go to the next one and all the talk and gossip around it. I just wanted to focus on playing well for England.’

When asked whether it was difficult to leave the Women’s Super League, Bronze added: “I didn’t really think about it to be honest, I knew I wanted to play abroad again.

“Honestly, I think my experience at Lyon was the best time of my career, the best moments of my career. Going out and pushing myself into a different culture, a different experience, playing with the world’s best players – getting the chance to do that again was a no-brainer.

“Maybe I can’t hype to have the same experience again at Barca, but I would love to because that was the greatest experience of my life. I have not had the same experience in England as in Lyon, hopefully I can do it again.”



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