Chelsea FC have confirmed the signing of Kadeisha Buchanan from French side Olympique Lyonnais on a three-year deal.
Buchanan, a centre-defender, having spent over 5 years winning major trophies with Lyon, brings a wealth of experience to the women’s squad of Chelsea. The Trumpet Gathered
According to Chelsea on their official website where the announcement was made, the 26-year-old Canadian will be given the iconic jersey number 26 worn by the club’s great, John Terry.
The European star, who won five Champions League trophies with Lyon including the fifth against Barcelona, complemented her blistering 130 appearances for the club where she registered 6 goals.
Buchanan also won eighth domestic trophies with Lyon comprising three Coupe de France and five French topflight division league trophies.
Chelsea’s statement reads in part: “Prior to moving to France, Buchanan spent four years playing college football in the States with West Virginia Mountaineers where she made 98 appearances and established herself as one of the top players in the NCAA.
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“Buchanan also brings a wealth of experience having started her international career at just 14 years old when recruited into the Canadian youth programme in 2010.
“Her first silverware came in the form of a silver medal at the 2012 CONCACAF Women’s Under-17 Championship in Guatemala and she then went on to win the Young Player award at the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
“The centre-back made her senior debut for her country in 2013 against China, becoming one of the youngest international players at the time.
“Since then, she has gone on to make 118 appearances and receive a host of individual honours, being named Canadian Player of the Year three times, nominated for the prestigious FIFA Ballon d’Or and featuring in the FIFPro Women’s World XI. Last year, Buchanan also took home gold at the 2020 Olympics,” the statement said.
After signing the contract with the Blues, Buchanan on her part added that she comes to add value to Chelsea’s squad and help the team win more trophies while soaring among world greats.
“I am coming to Chelsea with the same ambition I always had, win trophies and become the best in the world. The club has everything in order for us to compete in every competition and it’s time to bring a Champions League trophy to London.
“I’m hoping to bring my experience to the team and continue on the successful pathway that the club has been on for the past seasons. I can’t wait to join my new team-mates and the coaching staff on this journey,” Buchanan added
Chelsea noted that Buchanan in the summer will join up with the squad before heading to the States for the WICC tour in August.
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