Manchester United Women have confirmed the signing of Adriana Leon.
Leon, a Canada international with over 70 caps, will be the first from her home country to represent the Red Devils’ women’s side.
Adriana Leon Becomes First Signing of the Summer for Manchester United Women
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‘Thrilled and Honoured’
Upon signing for United, Leon told manutd.com: “I couldn’t be more thrilled and honoured to join this historic football club. To be the first Canadian female player to play for Manchester United fills me with immense pride and excitement.
“I can’t wait to join this talented group and put on the famous red jersey.”
Leon joins having left West Ham United Women this summer – she had been there since January 2019.
The 29-year-old has signed a two-year contract with Marc Skinner’s side.
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‘Exciting’ Signing Says Marc Skinner
Her new head coach, Skinner, added: “Adriana is a player that will excite our fans and offer valuable experience both on and off the field.
“I was extremely impressed with Adriana’s character, as she expressed confidence and fearlessness when we discussed her coming to Manchester United.
“Her flexibility to play in multiple positions effectively, while attacking and defending one-on-one duels with ferocity, will add excellent variety to our continuously developing team.
“I’m looking forward to working closely with Adriana as we journey towards future success.”
Leon scored two goals in 13 Women’s Super League appearances in 2021/22. She scored 13 goals in 59 games in total for the Hammers and is among the top 10 leading goalscorers in Canada Women’s all-time standings with 23 goals.
Manchester United continue to chase a place in the Women’s Champions League having lost out to local rivals Manchester City Women by five points this past season.
They have already announced the exits of Martha Harris, Diane Caldwell, Signe Bruun and Fran Bentley.