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US with big shoes to fill, Walsh boost for City, Madrid get serious

It’s been a busy couple of days in women’s football, with some big stories breaking at both club and international level.

The news that US Women head coach, Jill Ellis, dominated most of the headlines, with her decision taking the game by surprise after leading her team to successive World Cup titles.

Read on as we look at this and some of the other top stories from women’s football.

Big shoes to fill as Ellis steps down

Ellis’ decision to quit as the head coach of the US Women’s team leaves their federation with big shoes to fill.

The 52-year-old leaves after guiding the US to back-to-back World Cup wins and with a record of just seven defeats in 127 matches.

“The opportunity to coach this team and work with these amazing women has been the honour of a lifetime,” she told the US Soccer website.

“I want to thank and praise them for their commitment and passion to not only win championships but also raise the profile of this sport globally while being an inspiration to those who will follow them.

“I want to sincerely thank the world class coaches and staff with whom I’ve had the privilege to work – they are quintessential professionals and even better people.

“And finally, I want to thank the Federation for their support and investment in this program, as well as all the former players, coaches, and colleagues that have played an important role in this journey.

“The timing is right to move on and the program is positioned to remain at the pinnacle of women’s soccer. Change is something I have always embraced in my life and for me and my family this is the right moment.”

City boost as Walsh agrees to stay

Keira Walsh’s decision to withdraw her transfer request is a huge boost to Manchester City’s hopes of success next season.

The 22-year-old was wanted by Lyon and Atletico Madrid, but she has now told City she wants to stay in England.

She played a key role for the club last term, helping them win the FA WSL Continental Cup and the FA Women’s Cup.

Walsh was also impressive for England at the Women’s World Cup in France as the Lionesses reached the semi-finals.

City have added Ellen White, Laura Coombs, Matilde Fidalgo and Aoife Mannion to their squad this summer as they target success at home and in Europe.

Hanging on to Walsh for at least another season undoubtedly improves their hopes of winning more silverware this term.

Madrid assembling impressive squad

It appears Real Madrid are serious about making a success of their new women’s team judging by their latest pair of signings.

Former Lyon and Paris Saint-Germain star, Aurelie Kaci, and Swedish international, Sofia Jakobsson, are the latest additions to what is turning into a formidable looking squad.

Kaci left Atletico Madrid at the end of June, having helped the Spanish club win the title for the last two seasons.

She enjoyed plenty of success in France prior to joining Atletico and will be eager to continue in the same vein with Los Blancos.

Madrid have also confirmed the signing of Sofia Jakobsson, with the Sweden star agreeing a move from Montpellier.

The pair join Sweden international Kosovare Asllani and Brazil’s Thaisa as the club’s first four summer signings as it embarks on a new era.

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