Manchester City’s Deyna Castellanos: ‘I want to change the world a little bit’ | Manchester City Women

Back house in Venezuela, Deyna Castellanos is referred to as “Queen Deyna”, butminutes into our dialog all nagging fears that Manchester City’s new No 10 may turn out valuable or prime repairs have evaporated.

In Spanish reina method queen and, because it rhymes with Deyna, it felt a herbal have compatibility for a girl who was captain of her nation’s La Vinotinto at handiest 21.

Gareth Taylor’s marquee summer season signing from Atlético Madrid is 23 now however Castellanos recognises that with out successful a faculty scholarship to find out about journalism and soccer in Florida that nationwide armband may by no means were hers. “Going to the US was life-changing,” says the refreshingly down-to-earth ahead who grew up in the town of Maracay close to the Caribbean coast, idolising Brazil’s Marta and preventing for the correct to play soccer. “It was an amazing, very important, moment for my career.”

It explains why Castellanos has established a basis that, amongst different issues, is helping supply soccer scholarships for younger South American women and why she talked so passionately about gender equality, schooling and “changing mindsets” at her introductory unveiling as a City participant. “I want to change the world a little bit and fight for equality,” she says.

Castellanos is a flexible ahead or attacking midfielder central to the reconstruction plans after a summer season of radical changeat City. With Lucy Bronze and Keira Walsh decamping to Barcelona, Georgia Stanway becoming a member of Bayern Munich, Caroline Weir leaving for Real Madrid and Ellen White retiring, this season’s first XI is far altered.

“The players that left were very big, very important,” says Castellanos, who scored 23 objectives in 59 appearances for Atlético. “But everyone here now is very happy and excited to be at City … even though it rains quite a bit in Manchester.”

Deyna Castellanos (left) battles for possession with Magdalena Eriksson during Manchester City’s WSL game at Chelsea.
Deyna Castellanos (left) battles for ownership with Magdalena Eriksson all over Manchester City’s WSL sport at Chelsea. Photograph: Harriet Lander/Chelsea FC/Getty Images

With England’s Lauren Hemp and Chloe Kelly nonetheless round, continuity isn’t a overall stranger as City attempt to protected their first WSL win of the season at house to Leicester on Sunday.

City’s supervisor didn’t all the time see eye to eye with Bronze however Castellanos is inspired with the former Wales striker. “He’s a really nice one,” she says. “He’s always trying to teach you and make you better. That’s not something every coach takes the time to do. I think I can grow as a player here.

“English football’s faster, more physical and more aerial than in Spain but its technical too, a nice mix of styles. Manchester City’s always been a passing team and that matters. It’s very important to control games by dominating with the ball.”

The seven-star infrastructure at City’s Etihad Campus should appear mild years got rid of from day-to-day existence in Venezuela. Castellanos’s project observation is to make certain each and every younger lady can also be “a queen in their own way”, however the legacy of her nation’s financial cave in after its failed socialist revolution dictates sheer survival is the extent of many voters’ ambitions.

In 2018, her compatriot Salomón Rondón, then with Newcastle and now at Everton, spoke passionately about his misery at the nation’s financial meltdown, portray a grim image of empty grocery store cabinets, standard water shortages, a dearth of crucial drugs and mass cancellation of health facility operations; all set in opposition to a backdrop of violence, kidnappings and galloping inflation.

Four years on, the emergency has eased somewhat however the capital, Caracas, nonetheless registers one among the world’s very best homicide charges. “I think the situation’s a little bit better than when Salomón told you that,” says Castellanos, whose kinfolk stay in Venezuela. “There are more food supplies and better access to medicines, but the country’s still in a bad place. I hope that changes.”

Deyna Castellanos (right) in action for Venezuela against Argentina in a Copa América game in Colombia in July.
Deyna Castellanos (correct) in motion for Venezuela in opposition to Argentina in a Copa América sport in Colombia in July. Photograph: Luis Eduardo Noriega A/EPA

She is tempted to turn out to be a journalist after retiring from soccer and loved running as a tv pundit, essentially for NBC and Telemundo, in Spain and at the 2019 ladies’s World Cup in France. “I feel really comfortable in front of the camera,” she says. “I do analysis or commentating or interviews with the same passion I play my football.”

Despite finding out her 2d language handiest after shifting to Florida, Castellanos has educated herself to “think in English as well as Spanish” and is impressively bilingual on digicam. With Venezuela having failed to qualify for subsequent yr’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, she turns out sure to be courted through tv firms.

“It’s going to be really spectacular,” she says. “Every team’s improved so much, technically and physically. The United States were always the ones to beat but now England have won the Euros and Spain also have a very bright future.”

Showpiece ladies’s tournaments can lend a hand force social change and Castellanos applauded inwardly when the US workforce publicly demanded the sacking of all the ones North American membership executives who grew to become blind eyes to the tradition of systemic emotional and sexual abuse of their home league published through the contemporary Sally Yates file. “They’re brave to talk loud about important things,” she says. “I feel proud of them.”

Albeit in a very other context, she harbours an identical sentiments about her number of frame artwork. “I’ve certainly got a lot of tattoos,” she says. “I’m not sure exactly how many, about 37. They’re a mix of words and pictures but I haven’t had a Manchester one done yet … it might include some rain.”

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