Lucy Bronze: ‘I had offers from Lyon and Barça, the world’s best teams’ | England women’s football team

After Lucy Bronze signed for Barcelona last Saturday, her phone pinged. It was the Ballon d’Or winner, Alexia Putellas, who succeeded Bronze as Fifa’s The Best Player of the Year.

“Alexia texted me saying she’s so excited to play with me on the team,” Bronze says. “Things like that give you huge confidence when players want to play with you and teams want you. Who doesn’t like being told they’re good? It gives you confidence and confidence plays a huge role in how you perform.”

Bronze’s return to Manchester City after a trophy-laden spell with Lyon had not been quite the…

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