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Portuguese full-back swaps Manchester City for Benfica

Manchester City’s Portuguese full-back Matilde Fidalgo has returned to her homeland to join S.L Benfica according to reports on the Barclays FA Women’s Super League club’s official website.

The 26-year-old spent just one season at The Academy Stadium, making five appearances for Manchester City in all competitions.

Fidalgo was an unused substitute for Manchester City on no less than 14 occasions in the Barclays FA Women’s Super League. She made her only league start in the 1-0 defeat at Arsenal back in October.

With the defender far from assured more first team minutes this season, it has today been announced that Fidalgo has secured a move to S.L Benfica. The player returns to her homeland where she has spent all-but-one year of her senior playing career.

Fidalgo started out at CF Benfica where she spent eight years as senior player before moving to Sporting CP. She then enjoyed time with SC Braga before her move to Manchester City last summer. Fidalgo will now represent her third different Lisbon side as she lines-up for S.L Benfica.

The player’s latest club were top of the┬áCampeonato Nacional Feminino last season when the competition was abandoned due to the Coronavirus pandemic. S.L Benfica had won 14 of their 15 games, scoring 101 goals in the process and conceding just four. Fidalgo will be hoping to play her part in preserving that proud defensive record this season.

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