Manchester United has signed a contract with Canadian defender Jayde Riviera until the end of the 24/25 season.
The 21-year-old has become United’s first female player in this transfer window.
Riviere made her international debut at just 16 years old and has since played 36 matches for the Canadian national team.
She was part of their gold medal winning team at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, and also helped her country win two CONCACAF silver medals.
Riviere was born red, saying: “I am a big fan of Manchester United, so my dream to sign a contract here has come true.”
She joins fellow Manchester United fans Elle Thune and Alessia Russo.
She is currently training after an injury last year, it may be a few weeks before we see her play, but she went on to say, “I’m really looking forward to developing and learning at this huge football club, and I can.” I can’t wait to use all my playing qualities to help us achieve our common goals on the field.”
Manager Mark Skinner said: “Jayde is an exciting young player who fits Manchester United’s long—term vision and our continued belief in developing the best young talent in the game.
“We have been watching Jade for a long time and believe that she has the qualities to become a great football player.”
He continued: “We are delighted that she has signed her first professional contract with us, and we are looking forward to the quality she will add to the band.”
It will be United’s first signing to feature the new head of women’s football, Polly Bancroft.
She added: “Jayde joins us as a full-fledged national team player, eager for club football at the highest level. Her ambition is in line with the ambitions of this football club, and we are happy to see her further development here at Manchester United.
United fans are happy to see her at Leigh Sports Village!