Man City forward Georgia Stanway agrees three-year deal with Bayern Munich
Manchester City forward Georgia Stanway has agreed a three-year deal with Bayern Munich ahead of becoming a free agent this summer. Bayern have beaten off competition from across England and Europe to sign the 23-year-old England international. Wolfsburg, Real Madrid, Chelsea and Manchester United all expressed interest in Stanway while City made an attempt to renew the striker’s contract when talks started in late 2021. However, Stanway was not sure if she would be central to the club’s plans so listened to offers from overseas sides and felt talks should have commenced earlier in the season, particularly as rivals were already making their own moves and registering their interest as far back as last August and September. Her affection to City meant she would not sign for another English side. Stanway confirmed her departure on Tuesday: “I joined Manchester City with a dream of becoming a professional footballer. “Today, I leave as the club’s leading top scorer, with over 150 appearances and seven domestic trophies.
“A huge thank you to all the staff and team-mates that have supported me on my journey. “I’ll be back as a fan if not a player!” News of Stanway’s departure is a blow to City as they are losing their highest appearance maker and all-time record scorer since becoming a professional club in 2014. Stanway, who joined the club at the age of 16, has scored 57 goals in 165 appearances since making her debut in 2015. She will leave the club having helped City win the Women’s Super League, three League Cups and three FA Cups. Stanway has also impressed on the international stage by scoring eight goals in 31 games for England. She is set to play a leading role for The Lionesses in this summer’s European Championship which is being held in England.
City finished third in this season's WSL and lost their FA Cup final against Chelsea on Sunday. Stanway played 80 minutes for City at Wembley as Gareth Taylor’s side lost 3-2 in extra time thanks to a Sam Kerr winner. Sunday’s match was attended by 49,094 fans which was a new record attendance for the Women's FA Cup final. Bayern, Stanway’s next club, finished second in the Women’s Bundesliga this season. Wolfsburg finished four points ahead of Bayern to wrestle the title back from their rivals. (Photo: Naomi Baker - The FA/The FA via Getty Images)
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