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Alessia Russo has signed a two-year contract, plus a further year’s option, with the Women’s Super League side.

“I first spoke to Casey [Stoney] in the summer and her vision was really inspiring and reeled me in,” she said.

“I’ve always been a fan of Manchester United and, now they’ve got a women’s team, I can’t wait to start.

“I would love to compete for trophies for Manchester United, that’s always been my ambition. To compete for [a place in the] Champions League, I think that’s our target, so there’s a big season ahead,” the ex-Chelsea youngster, who was named in England’s latest squad on Tuesday, told BBC Sport.

She believes that time will have aided her development, adding: “Playing in America was a great experience, I loved every minute of it. Playing and adapting to the American style, I think it is what I needed in my game.

“They’re very based on their athleticism, their power and their strength, so it was good to add another aspect in to my game.”

“To learn from two world champions, what more could you ask for? The level of the league this year is fantastic,” she continued.

Capped at every age group by England, Russo won bronze at the 2018 Under-20 World Cup and made her senior England debut in March, before her latest call up.

“It’s hard to put in to words, but it’s an honour to be called in,” Russo added. “I’m really excited to be back involved the with squad. It’s like all your hard work begins to pay off.”

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