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West Ham sign “one of the best”, Madrid pair strengthen their squads

It has been a busy few days as clubs in England and across Europe continue their preparations for the 2019/20 season.

West Ham United’s signing of a rising star has made the headlines in the Women’s Super League, while Atletico Madrid and real Madrid have both been in the news in Spain.

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

Galabadaarachchi is “one of the best”

West Ham’s head coach Matt Beard says new signing Jacynta Galabadaarachchi has the ability to be a major star in the Women’s Super League.

The 18-year-old has previously played for Melbourne City and Perth Glory, in addition to representing Australia at junior level.

Galabadaarachchi previously had the chance to move to England, training with the likes of Manchester City before signing with Melbourne aged 15.

Beard believes the speedy forward will have a big impact on his team’s fortunes this season.

“I’m delighted to welcome Jacynta to West Ham United,” Beard told the club’s official website. “She has got enormous potential at 18-years-old, and I’m very excited by what she offers.

“I’ve seen a lot of young players, and I like working with and developing them. She is one of the best I have seen in terms of ability.

“Moving to England from Australia at 18 is a big step for her and we want to help her settle in well. I’m confident she will have a fantastic first season with us.”

Former Arsenal goalie heads to Spain

Ex-Arsenal goalkeeper Sari van Veenendaal has agreed a deal with Atletico Madrid.

The Netherlands stopper spent five years with the Gunners, but decided to move on this summer in search of a new challenge.

The 29-year-old picked up a runners-up medal at the 2019 Women’s World Cup, and scooped the Golden Glove award for the best goalie at the tournament.

She joins an Atletico side that have dominated in Spain in recent times, having won the title on three consecutive occasions.

“Atleti has proven its worth in women’s football,” Van Veenendaal said.

“The club offers me the best conditions to continue developing as a goalkeeper. I can’t wait to start.”

Swedish star joins Real Madrid

Real Madrid’s women’s team have pulled off a major coup, securing the services of Sweden international Kosovare Asllani.

The 29-year-old moves to Spain from top Swedish club Linkopings, having previously played for Chicago Red Stars, Paris Saint-Germain and Man City.

“Excited to write history, to help build and be part of this team’s journey from the very start,” she wrote on Twitter. “It’ll be a dream to wear the most beautiful jersey in the world starting next season.”

Asllani is the first player to sign for Los Blancos as they embark on a new venture into women’s football.

The club has recently taken over local side Deportivo Tacon and will rebrand the team as Real Madrid for the 2020/21 season.

Asllani’s signing is a big statement of intent, with the striker one of the standout performers at this summer’s Women’s World Cup in France.

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