Magdalena Eriksson to leave Chelsea after six years

Chelsea defender Magdalena Eriksson will leave the WSL club at the end of this season when her contract expires after six years in London.

The 29-year-old first joined the Blues from Linkoping in her native Sweden in 2017, and has remained a first-team fixture throughout her time at Kingsmeadow, racking up 149 appearances and scoring 11 goals.

Eriksson has already won four WSL trophies with Chelsea as well as four Women’s FA Cups, three Continental Cups and a League Cup in 2020.

In a statement posted on social media, she 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.

Last weekend’s FA Cup win over Manchester United earned Eriksson an 11th major trophy from her six years with the club

“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 knows what it takes. Keep looking out for each other and have each others backs.

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