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Manchester City defender joins NWSL club Racing Louisville

Manchester City have confirmed that centre-back Gemma Bonner has left the club and has agreed to join National Women’s Soccer League side Racing Louisville.

The 29-year-old Leeds-born defender has spent almost three years at The Academy Stadium after joining Manchester City from their former Barclays FA Women’s Super League rivals Liverpool in summer 2018.

Manchester City have this afternoon issued an official club press release confirming Bonner’s departure. The deal is an immediate one with the player joining Racing Louisville on a two-year contract with an option of a further year.

Bonner has made six appearances for Manchester City in this season’s Barclays FA Women’s Super League. She scored her only goal in the 3-0 victory over Everton at Walton Hall Park before Christmas.

After her departure was confirmed by Manchester City, Bonner told the club’s official media team “After two-and-a-half years in Manchester, I have taken the difficult decision to leave Manchester City and accept an offer from Racing Louisville for a new challenge in my career.

“Manchester City is a fantastic club and I have been grateful to work alongside some great people and players.

“I leave with some great memories and although the last few months have been very frustrating for me on an injury front, which has meant I was unable to contribute on the pitch, I really appreciate all the support that I received from my team, staff and of course, the fans.

“I believe however that the time is now right for the next chapter in my football journey and I am looking forward to the challenge of playing in the NWSL.”

Manchester City head coach Gareth Taylor strengthened the centre-back position earlier this year with the addition of United States international Abby Dahlkemper while full-back Alex Greenwood has shown her adaptability in being able to fill in at the heart of the defence when required. It remains to be seen whether Taylor opts to bring in another centre-back in the summer to bolster his options in that position.

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