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Lucy Bronze: Lyon and Barcelona offers bring ‘loads of confidence’

Lucy Bronze has said that receiving offers from Lyon and Barcelona gives her “loads of confidence” ahead of the European Championships.

Bronze, 30, signed a two-year contract with Champions League finalists Barcelona on Saturday following her departure from Manchester City as a free agent.

The England international spent two seasons at City but was not able to replicate the trophy-laden years she experienced with Lyon where she won the Champions League three times.

“I had offers from Lyon and Barca, the two best teams in the world,” she said.

“It wasn’t bad to be able to pick from that and make my decision. It gives me loads of confidence as a player knowing that these big teams who are so successful want to sign me, want me to play, know that I can make a difference to their team.

“After the signing on Saturday, Alexia (Putellas) texted me saying she’s so excited to play with me on the team. 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 is a huge role in how you perform on the pitch.”

Bronze’s time abroad with the French powerhouses has left a mark so much so that the decision to leave the Women’s Super League was not a difficult one.

“I didn’t really think about it to be honest,” she said.

“I knew I wanted to play abroad again. Honestly my experience at Lyon was the best time in my career. Going out and pushing myself into a different culture, a different experience, playing with the world’s best players — to have the chance to do that again was a no brainer.

“Maybe I can’t hype doing the same experience again with Barca but I would love to because that was the greatest experience of my life. I’ve not had that experience in England quite the same as what I had in Lyon, hopefully I can do it again.”

The right-back, who has 89 caps for her country, was conscious to secure a deal before the upcoming Euros so she could focus solely on England.

“It was pretty much done the week after the end of the season, I just had to find the time to sort it all out,” she said.

“It was hard keeping my mouth shut because it was obviously so exciting. That was the one thing I said to Barca and my agent was that I want it done before the tournament, get it done, get it out the way, I want to be able to focus on England.

“I don’t want questions about what club you’re going to next and all the talk and the gossip around that. I just wanted to be focused on playing well for England.”

Sarina Wiegman’s side face her former team, the Netherlands, at Leeds’ Elland Road on Friday, their second of three friendlies in preparation for the Euros.

In their opening game of the tournament, England face Austria at Old Trafford on July 6, followed by group-stage matches against Norway and Northern Ireland.

(Photo: Naomi Baker – UEFA via Getty Images)

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