Chelsea Captain Announces “Really Difficult” Decision To Leave The Club

Chelsea Captain Announces “Really Difficult” Decision To Leave The Club

Chelsea captain Magda Eriksson has confirmed that she will leave the Blues at the end of the season.

The 29-year-old’s contract expires this summer and, in an emotional video message, the defender announced she will not be extending her stay with the London club:

“Really difficult to even talk about or say out loud. It’s been an unbelievable time – best time of my life. It’s been six unbelievable years together with my teammates, together with the fans and the club in general. I feel so privileged to have been on this journey with the club and we have really established ourselves as one of the best clubs in the world.”

“It’s been such an amazing journey so I am not only sad, although it may look like it. I’m also really really happy and just proud of the whole journey and everything we have been through together. It’s mixed emotions for sure.”

Eriksson has led Chelsea during an incredibly successful period for the club. Since moving from Swedish side Linkoping in 2017, the centre-back has won eleven major trophies.

She has lifted the Women’s Super League on four separate occasions, and that could soon be five if the Blues win their last two league fixtures of the season.

Last weekend’s Women’s FA Cup win against Manchester United was also the fourth time Eriksson has won the competition. She has two League Cup winners medals and an FA Community Shield to her name as well.

The one trophy that eluded Eriksson

The Swedish international’s only real regret will be not securing a Champions League title during her time in England.

Chelsea came close in 2021, losing the final to Barcelona, and they were knocked out by the same opponents at the semi-final stage this campaign.

David Tully

David Tully

David has worked as a football reporter for the last fifteen years. Having started as an intern at Snack Media, he then went on to become a freelancer, working on various different sites. At the start of 2023, he took up his current role as content writer for National World's Football News Network.