NYC loan Castellanos to promoted Girona in Spain

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NEW YORK – Major League Soccer’s top scorer Valentín “Taty” Castellanos is leaving New York City FC on loan to join newly promoted Girona in the Spanish league.

The 23-year-old Argentinian striker has scored 13 goals in MLS this season, level on points with compatriot Sebastián Driussi of Austin FC at the top.

NYC said on Monday that Castellanos was loaned to Girona, which like NYC is controlled by City Football Group, Manchester City’s parent company. The loan to the Catalan club runs until June 2023.

“Although it is difficult to leave this club, I firmly believe that this is the right time for me to make the move to Europe, which has always been a personal dream of mine,” Castellanos said in a statement released by NYC. “I feel confident and ready for a new challenge.”

Castellanos made his professional debut with Torque in Uruguay’s second division in 2017. He helped the club rise and was loaned to NYC in July 2018. NYC exercised its option to buy its post-season rights.

He scored 50 goals in 109 regular-season games and led the league last season as NYC won its maiden MLS title. Castellanos won the 2021 MLS Golden Boot Award, scoring 19 goals in the regular season and three goals in the MLS Cup Playoffs, including one in the finals.

Girona is back in the first division of the Spanish league after three consecutive seasons in the second division.

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