Former Manchester United and WSL star Alessia Russo has opened up in an interview about the difficulties of media outlets speculating where she will end up next, as she and her teammates prepare for the 2023 Women’s World Cup [via BBC Sport].
Russo left Manchester United after her contract expired – she turned down a contract extension with the Red Devils in order to explore other opportunities.
In January, Arsenal submitted a record-breaking bid for 24-year-old, but United rejected the offer – now, the Gunners could be set to sign her on a free transfer in the ongoing summer window.
What did WSL star Alessia Russo have to say?
In the interview, Russo said: “Towards the end of the season it was tough and the summer has been tough. You don’t like things in the media about you but that’s football and that’s the state of the women’s game now.
“I just turned it off, took a break on holiday and completely switched off with my friends and family. Coming back into an environment like this is perfect because you’re competing and all your focus is on England.
“You need to make sure you don’t forget to enjoy it because I know football can get tough at times and the pressure will be on. I play my best football when I’m having fun and enjoying myself. Obviously, the competition is going to be so high but if I just relax and not take a day out there for granted, then hopefully I can play my best football.”
Alessia Russo football career summary so far
Born in 1999 in Maidstone, Russo joined her first youth academy, at Charlton Athletic, when she was just eight years of age. She spent three years with the Addicks before making the jump to Chelsea in 2010.
She graduated from the Blues’ academy in 2016, but never made a first team appearance for them – following this, Russo had a brief stint at Brighton and Hove Albion before undertaking a scholarship with North Carolina Tar Heels.
In 2020, she was snapped up by Manchester United, scoring 22 goals in 46 WSL games – where will her next destination be?