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Chelsea Ladies sign Norway captain Maren Mjelde until 2018

Maren Mjelde captained Norway at the 2015 World Cup
Image: Maren Mjelde captained Norway at the 2015 World Cup

Norway captain Maren Mjelde will join Chelsea in the new year after signing a deal with the club until 2018.

The 27-year-old, who has won 107 caps for her country, will officially join up with Emma Hayes' squad on January 1, 2017, after leaving current side Avaldsnes IL. 

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"I am delighted to have signed for Chelsea Ladies," said Mjelde, who was named in UEFA's Team of the Tournament at Euro 2013. "The project the club and Emma are working on is hugely exciting and I look forward to meeting my new team mates and enjoying success here.

"This is an important stage of my career and I needed a new challenge after a successful season in Norway. I want to win trophies and improve as a player and believe I can do that at Chelsea."

Mjelde made her senior debut aged just 15, and has since played in Germany and Sweden before returning to Norwegian side Avaldsnes IL, and Chelsea manager Hayes believes the signing comes at the perfect time for club and player. 

Emma Hayes, manager of Chelsea Ladies looks on after their victory in the SSE Women's FA Cup Semi-final match between Chelsea
Image: Chelsea Ladies manager Emma Hayes says Mjelde has the 'right ambition' to help them win trophies

"To sign Maren is a real statement of intent from the club," said Hayes. "She is a top-class player with experience across three tough European leagues and has been a regular in the Norway team since she was a teenager.

"We have been looking for a player that brings leadership and experience to the group and she fits the bill perfectly.

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"She has been an outstanding player for Norway for many years and she is at the right age and with the right ambition to help us compete for honours on all fronts."

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