Official done deal- Chelsea announce signing of right wing back [Photo]

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Chelsea Women officially announced a deal for New Zealand international Ali Riley from Swedish side FC Rosengard.

The 30-year-old right wing back completed her move to the reigning Women’s Super League One champions on 16 July.

Riley joined Rosengard in 2012 and won three Damallsvenskan and three Swedish Cups during her time with the club.

United States-born Riley had spells with FC Gold Pride and Western New York Flash after playing college soccer at Stanford University.

The terms of Riley’s transfer and contract with the Blues are undisclosed.

Chelsea Women manager Emma Hayes is pleased with the latest addition to her squad:

‘I have watched Ali play since she was in college and all through her pro career,’ she said. ‘I recruited her to play in the championship-winning team at Western New York Flash so I know all about Ali’s qualities over the past 10-plus years. She has always been in a winning team, she has an unbelievable engine, she will run all day for fun. I have learnt that her parents are both marathon runners and I am not surprised.

‘She has exceptional experience, wonderful character, wonderful qualities which I think will take us to another level.’



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