Manchester City forward extends stay, despite interest from Barcelona and other clubs

Lauren Hemp has penned a new three-year contract at Manchester City, keeping her with the club until the summer of 2027. The news brings an end to speculation surrounding a potential move to Barcelona, which is now understood to be the destination for a fellow City star.

The 23-year-old has spent six years at the club thus far, arriving from Bristol City as a teenager in 2018. Speaking to the club website, Hemp expressed: ‘I feel at home here in Manchester. With the squad we have here, we’re always learning and it’s so special to be involved at a club where we’re capable of achieving anything.’

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The winger has enjoyed success with the Cityzens, lifting the Women’s FA Cup and the League Cup in 2019 and 2022 respectively. Having now made more than 150 appearances for the club, Hemp looks set to add another accolade to her collection – with Gareth Taylor’s side three points clear at the top of the Barclays Women’s Super League.

She will, however, carry an extra burden for the remainder of the season. With star striker Khadija Shaw ruled out of Manchester City’s final three games with a foot injury, Hemp will be held partially responsible to fill the goalscoring void left by the Jamaican.

‘I’m so passionate about this club and there’s no place I’d rather be. I’m very excited to keep this journey going for the next few years,‘ she said.

Hemp has also progressed through the England ranks to become a regular feature for the Lionesses since her arrival in Manchester. Sarina Wiegman’s side were narrowly defeated by Spain at last summer’s FIFA Women’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.

Manchester City will face Bristol City on Sunday at 18:45 BST, with the Robins set to have their impending relegation confirmed unless they can muster a shock result at Ashton Gate.