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England women's player of the year Bronze to leave Lyon

FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - Women's International Friendly - England v Germany - Wembley Stadium, London, Britain - November 9, 2019 England's Lucy Bronze in action with Germany's Dzsenifer Marozsan and Klara Buhl Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Boyers/File Photo

LONDON (Reuters) - England defender Lucy Bronze, her country’s female player of the year for 2019, said on Thursday she would be leaving French side Olympique Lyonnais when her contract expires at the end of the month.

“I won’t be staying at Lyon, I know that for sure,” the 28-year-old told BBC radio.

The right back, who helped England reach the women’s World Cup semi-finals in France last year, has been linked to a move back to her former club Manchester City.

Lyon are chasing a fifth consecutive Champions League title in a 10-day tournament starting in Spain on Friday and Bronze has signed a short-term extension to cover that after her original deal expired in June.

The French side play Bayern Munich in a quarter-final in Bilbao on Saturday.

Reporting by Alan Baldwin, editing by Ed Osmond