Small and mighty...
Yui Hasegawa joined City from West Ham United on a three-year deal in September 2022.
The Japanese international made the switch to the Academy Stadium having impressed during a year-long spell with the Hammers in the Barclays Women’s Super League.
Also a seasoned international with her homeland, she is a regular for her country since her debut in 2017 and has represented them at the FIFA Women’s World Cup, Asian Cup, Olympic Games and SheBelieves Cup.
Born in Toda, Japan, in January 1997, Hasegawa joined Nippon TV Beleza in her homeland aged 12 and rose through their youth ranks before moving into their senior set-up in 2013.
Going on to make over a century of appearances for the club over an eight-year spell and helping them to win the Japanese league title for five consecutive seasons, the creative midfielder earned herself a move to Europe in early 2021 with AC Milan.
After just seven months in Italy however – scoring three goals in nine outings – the playmaker put pen to paper on a two-year deal with West Ham United last August.
Turning out for the East London outfit on 17 occasions and finding the back of the net twice in 2021/22 – including an effort in a 2-0 victory over City last October - Hasegawa has swapped the capital for Manchester.
The Japanese midfielder made a goalscoring start to life at City, finding the net from distance in a 4-0 win over Leicester in September 2022.
She continued to be a pivotal figure in Taylor's midfield throughout the course of the 2022/23 campaign, totalling 27 appearances in all competitions.