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MANCHESTER CITY keeper Karen Bardsley sealed a temporary switch to US giants OL Reign.

The WSL star's deal with the National Women's Soccer League side will run until the end of June.

2Karen Bardsley has sealed a loan move OL Reign until the end of JuneCredit: PA:Press Association

The England stopper expressed her delight at the move in an Instagram post shared with 64,000 of her followers.

Bardsley wrote: "I am really excited to be joining OL Reign over this period and very grateful to Man City for allowing me the opportunity to experience a new environment, get more game time and progress my learning and development.

"I’ve been very impressed with the whole approach and attitude of everyone at OL Reign and I can’t wait to meet up with the squad and coaches.

"NWSL is such a competitive league, and I’m determined to do all I can to help the Club get the season off to a winning start."

OL Reign's boss Farid Benstiti believes his team can benefit from Bardsley's big-game experience.

The club, whose players includes USA superstar Megan Rapinoe, were runners-up in the NWSL Championship in 2014 and 2015.

Benstiti, 54, said: "Karen is a player with very big experience. She has played in many important games and knows what it takes to win big matches."

Despite her experience Bardsley has fallen down Man City's pecking order behind Ellie Roebuck.

And Gareth Taylor has backed the England veteran's decision to make a temporary move in search of more game time.

The Man City gaffer said: "We’re very supportive of Karen’s decision to take up this opportunity over in the States for the next few months.

"We understand her desire after the past year or so to get more game time under her belt and this move is an ideal one for her."

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Bardsley became a regular starter for City after joining the club from Lincoln in 2013.

The United States-born keeper, who has 81 England caps, has made more than 100 appearances for the WSL giants.

And her trophy wins at the club include the WSL title in 2016 and two Women's FA Cups in 2017 and 2019.

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Chelsea star Fikayo Tomori wanted by AC Milan in permanent transfer as Maldini hints at trying to reduce £27m buy option

AC MILAN transfer chief Paolo Maldini has hinted at a permanent transfer bid for loan star Fikayo Tomori - at below the pre-agreed price.

Chelsea sent the English defender to the San Siro in January to gain first-team experience in the Serie A title race.

2Fikayo Tomori (left) impressed in AC Milan's win on Sunday nightCredit: Reuters

After Milan beat Roma 2-1 on Sunday, 23-year-old Tomori came in for huge praise in only his fifth start for the team.

And talk is already turning to Italian legend Maldini trying to land his signature permanently.

Chelsea accepted a purchase option reportedly worth £27m when sending Tomori on loan.

Speaking after the game, Milan technical director Maldini told Sky Sport Italia: "I am lucky enough to work for a club that, when we called, he answered.

"Milan has an effect on many players, even if we have not won at European level for 14 years.

"As for Fikayo, he has unique assets of speed, intensity, for us he was a possible reinforcement for the rest of the season.



"There is a very high price of purchase, we will evaluate whether to exercise it or not.

"From that point of view the situation is clear. We have weekly talks with the players whose deals are about to expire, including [Zlatan] Ibrahimovic."

Frank Lampard promoted Tomori to the Chelsea first-team last season but he played just 26 games in 18 months before the loan switch.

The Premier League side hired Thomas Tuchel days later, with the German coach opting for a three-man backline that may offer the player a route into the side if he impresses in Italy.

Former England manager and Serie A icon Fabio Capello was one of many to praise the centre-back for his performance against Roma.

Tomori had been brought into the XI to replace club captain Alessio Romagnoli after two straight defeats knocked Milan off the top of the table.

Milan throughout history has always been built on defence, if you have a fast player then you’re in luck.

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The club sit second and four points behind Inter Milan, who are on a six-game winning run in the league.

Capello said of Tomori: "As a coach I always wanted a fast defender.

"Milan throughout history has always been built on defence, if you have a fast player then you’re in luck.

"A fast player is so important, his recovery in the first-half on Borja Mayoral was fantastic, without making a foul."

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