Women's Team

Beckie: Losada a legend; Bunny the missing piece of the jigsaw

Janine Beckie says she is ‘rubbing her hands together’ at the prospect of playing alongside City’s new signings.

Three new faces have joined the ranks over the summer – each boasting impressive pedigrees.

A Champions League winner, Jamaica’s all-time record goalscorer and one of the brightest young talents in the English game, the trio of Vicky Losada, Khadija ‘Bunny’ Shaw and Ruby Mace have bolstered Gareth Taylor’s title-chasing squad.

Beckie, who won a gold medal with Canada at the Olympics, says she cannot wait to return to Manchester and meet her new teammates and is relishing the prospect of working with them.


“As a forward, I’m already rubbing my hands together to have that midfield behind me!” she smiled.

Vicky Losada is a legend. She’s been incredibly successful with Barcelona and she’s a Spanish national team player.

“She’s someone a lot of people would look at and think: ‘I’d be lucky to play alongside her.’

“Bunny is a fantastic player – a fabulous finisher and a strong asset. She’s definitely the missing piece we needed in the team and I’m super excited to play with her.

“I’ve played against her for the national team and I’m definitely happy she’s on my team rather than having to play against her!

“Ruby is an exciting young player. City are known for bringing in players and developing them from a young age.

“We’ve seen so much success with young players and the potential for her is massive.

“To have added those players to the squad we already have is really exciting.”

Still riding the crest of the wave from her Olympic success, Beckie will be full of confidence when she returns from a well-deserved break to re-join her Club teammates.

While she says she still has to pinch herself to believe she stands as an Olympic gold medallist, she asserts she will not be satisfied with a solitary medal from 2021/22 and hopes her achievement can inspire further glory.

“You would think that in some way, it satisfies the hunger of being successful but to be honest, it just fuels the desire for more,” she added.

“It’s definitely not the last world title I want in my career and with that comes opportunity.

“I want to win the Champion League, the FA Women’s Super League (we haven’t won that while I’ve been at the Club), regain the League Cup, retain the FA Cup… There are so many things on the table.

“Everyone was disappointed with the lack of Championships last year. We won the FA Cup but we wanted more.

“We have a real hunger to win trophies again – the Champions League in particular is definitely on my mind. That’s the reason I came to play in Europe.

“We’ll chase after those trophies and hopefully, the confidence from the Olympic tournament can help the team.

“We have a really exciting squad again this year and after the back end of last season, there’s a lot to be excited about.”

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