Vicky Losada skippered Barcelona to a 4-0 win over Chelsea in May's Champions League final
Barcelona heralded her as their ‘eternal captain’, but now the Champions League-winning skipper is Manchester City’s newest recruit. Half a decade after leaving Arsenal, Vicky Losada is back in the Women’s Super League.
In their quest to reclaim the league title from rivals Chelsea, City have added to last month’s signing of Jamaican striker, Khadija Shaw, by recruiting the Spain midfielder on a free transfer. After five years with the Catalan club, her move to Gareth Taylor’s side was confirmed 50 days after lifting the European trophy with a classy 4-0 victory over Chelsea in Gothenburg two months ago.
That was the Spanish champions’ first European crown and was the culmination of five years of steady progress, but Losada is eager for more success. “It was really tough for me,” the 30-year-old said, reflecting on her move. “I was thinking about it for months and, in the end, winning the Champions League made things easier for me to decide in the end to join Manchester City.
“The reason that I picked Man City is, of course, it is a big team, and I want to keep playing in big games, in the Champions League. I know they haven’t won the league trophy for the last five years and I think I can help them a lot. It’s a new adventure for me and I’m really ambitious.
“I think the English league really suits me, I think there are less players here than in Spain who have my football style. When I went to Arsenal I was very young [in 2015], with not even half of the experience I have now. With my experience now, I think I can bring Man City a lot of things to be successful.”
In her brief spell with Arsenal, Losada helped the north London club win both domestic cups, but now the aim is to win the league.
“The English league is very competitive, but I’ve seen Manchester City playing and it reminds me of four years ago when I was playing for Barca, and every year they’re getting better, and hopefully our football gives us chances this year to fight for trophies.”
Losada got the better of her new club in the quarter-finals of last season's Champions League
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Indeed, Losada is someone who is used to winning trophies. After all, Barcelona won a treble of major honours last term, and her side remarkably won 33 of their 34 league games.
Her arrival will help boost Taylor’s midfield, after the exits of United States stars Sam Mewis and Rose Lavelle after just one season in England. Mewis in particular provided a towering presence in the centre of the pitch for Manchester City, making driving runs into the box from deep, and Losada’s tenacity and skill will help to minimise the impact of her departure. More importantly, though, she is very versatile and adaptable to a range of positions across the park.
Departing as a Champions League-winning captain, she also adds another layer of experience and leadership to City’s ranks, in a team that is already blessed with strong characters. Not only do they boast England captain Steph Houghton, but other vocal players including Lucy Bronze and Ellen White.