Leila Ouahabi says she’s excited about Manchester City’s future after penning a fresh contract extension, keeping her at the Club until 2026.

A summer 2022 signing from Barcelona, the Spain international has continued her sparkling career at the Joie Stadium by totalling 37 appearances for Gareth Taylor’s side so far.  

The classy defender’s renewal follows fresh terms penned by team-mates Khiara Keating and Yui Hasegawa who have also committed their futures to the Club in recent months. 

With City in the thick of the rapidly developing WSL title race, Ouahabi believes there’s no better place for her to continue reaching new heights. 


“I’m really happy to be here for [two] more years and I’m really excited,” she explained. 

“I think it’s my best place, to be here for more years because the style of play and identity. Manchester City is like my characteristics, and I feel so comfortable playing here. 

“It’s because I’m really enjoying playing here and I’m feeling more comfortable every day. It’s for that reason because I love my team-mates. 

“I am enjoying being here and it’s because of all these things that I wanted to stay here for more years. 

“I’m really excited. It’s very important for the Club to sign players like Yui or Khiara [to new contracts] because they are really good players, and they are really important players for City.  

“I think it’s very good decisions because they are very important players for now and in the future. 


“They’re players who [help us] have a better team. These decisions are for our future and now the message is ‘we want to win’ more competitions and ‘we want to be a more competitive team’. 

“It’s for those reasons [I’ve extended my stay, too].” 

Ouahabi’s transfer from Barcelona to City ahead of the 2022/23 campaign represented her first taste of English football. 

Following a season-and-a-half in the Barclays Women’s Super League, the 30-year-old has paid tribute to Taylor for how he’s helped her on and off the pitch so far.   

She added: “I think it’s for a lot of things but it’s important because he gives me confidence. 

“Now I’m enjoying the minutes in the games and I’m feeling really comfortable and I’m really happy.”