England striker Toni Duggan signs two-year deal with Atletico Madrid as she hails Spanish champions as ‘one of the greatest clubs in Europe’
- Atletico Madrid have announced England ace Toni Duggan on a two-year deal
- Duggan opted to leave Barcelona earlier this month following two years there
- She calls Atletico as ‘one of the greatest clubs in Europe’ after being presented
Lionesses star Toni Duggan has extended her spell in Spain after agreeing a two-year deal to join Atletico Madrid.
The 28-year-old left Barcelona in July after two years having been a mainstay in the team that went on to win the Copa de la Reina and Copa Catalunya Femenina.
But the English forward has now made the move to the Spanish capital to join the league champions and it was a move she described as an ‘amazing opportunity’ for her career.
England forward Toni Duggan has agreed to join Spanish champions Atletico Madrid
Toni Duggan said: ‘This is an amazing opportunity to play for one of the greatest clubs in Europe. I had several different offers – from all around the world – but at this stage in my career, I wanted to join a side that is consistently challenging for honours and Atletico’s record is incredible.
‘I’ve seen this team up close over the last couple of years and they are a real force.
‘When I visited the new training ground I was extremely impressed. In terms of a facility that caters specifically for a women’s team, it is the best I have ever seen.
Duggan has hailed the move after signing a two-year deal having chosen to leave Barcelona
‘I have met both the captain and manager – this is the next level for me, in every sense. They have great players and I want to help them to retain the league and to go further in the Champions League.
‘I played at the Wanda Metropolitano last season in front of 60,000 fans, so I know how much these supporters enjoy women’s football – I was blown away by the atmosphere and their support for the team. It will be a huge honour to play in front of them.
‘There are plans to play games at the Wanda next season and I am very excited about that.
‘I have loved living in Spain these past two years and look forward to continuing my journey. I have learned so much as a player in the last two campaigns and feel that I am approaching my prime.
‘I want to do the Atletico fans proud and hope that they will get behind me – together we can achieve great things.’
The England international striker played for the Lionesses at the Women’s World Cup in France
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