Another big Chelsea statement made as defender confirms summer move

Emma Hayes

CHELSEA Women have confirmed defender Magdalena Eriksson will leave the club at the end of June after six years at Kingsmeadow.

Defender Eriksson joined the Blues from Linkoping in her native Sweden in 2017, and The 29-year-old defender has made 183 appearances for Chelsea, winning four WSL titles, four FA Cups, two League Cups and an FA Women’s Community Shield.

The Swedish international may yet help the Blues to a fourth consecutive WSL title this season – and has been linked with a move to Bayern Munich this summer.

In a statement posted on social media, Eriksson wrote: “It’s with a heavy heart and so many emotions I announce that my journey as a Blue will come to an end.

“When I signed for the club the ambitions were clear, Emma’s openness with that really resonated with my own ambitions. I quickly realised it wasn’t just all talk either. Winning was at the heart of everything we did, and that competitiveness was contagious. Six seasons, four WSL titles, four FA Cup trophies, two Continental Cup trophies, one Community Shield later, it’s safe to say that the winning culture is now part of the Chelsea DNA.

“I’d like to thank the club, Emma and Paul for believing in me and supporting me from the moment I signed six seasons ago. It was my first time living in a new country, I took a leap of faith and landed straight into the arms of the Chelsea family.

“I’d like to thank my team-mates, current and old ones. Thank you for all the good times, all the competitiveness, all the support and all the love. You are a bunch of winners, a great group of people who truly know what it takes. Keep looking out for each other and have each others’ backs.

“I’ve deliberately saved the best for last. My biggest thank you goes to the unbelievable Chelsea fans. I felt your power on my debut game at Kingsmeadow and you’ve kept growing in numbers and strength ever since. Your relentless support, up and down the country and all across Europe, has played such a huge part in the success of the club.

“You will always have a special place in my heart, a place that will forever remain blue.

“I want to wish everyone at the club the best of luck for the future. It’s been one heck of a journey, and I will carry the memories we’ve created together for the rest of my life.”

Emma Hayes said: “There are not enough words to describe the impact Magda has had, not just on this football club but on me. She has been a wonderful leader, someone who has helped drive the team and it’s standards to the levels that we’re at.

“Chelsea will always be her club, it will always be her home. She will forever remain a legend of this football club. She goes with my blessing and I wish her the best for her future.”


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