Katerina Svitkova joins Chelsea ahead of 2022/23 WSL season | OneFootball

Katerina Svitkova joins Chelsea ahead of 2022/23 WSL season

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Chelsea have completed the signing of Czech Republic international Katerina Svitkova following the conclusion of her contract at West Ham.

The 26-year-old has put pen to paper on a three-year deal, keeping her at the club until 2025.

Svitkova is Chelsea's third summer signing ahead of the defence of their WSL title next term following the arrivals of Eve Perisset from Bordeaux and Kadeisha Buchanan from Lyon.

"I am living my dream!" Svitkova said. "I have wanted to play for this club my whole life having supported the team since childhood and I really appreciate this exciting opportunity.

"Chelsea is a huge club with amazing history for both the men’s and women’s teams. They have the best players and coaches and I can’t wait to meet everyone. Chelsea also has the best fans and I can’t wait to meet them at Kingsmeadow. I want to win everything, and I know that with Chelsea it is possible!"

The attacking midfielder is no stranger to the WSL, having spent the past two seasons with West Ham. She made 34 league appearances during her time in east London, scoring five goals and registering four assists.

‘Katerina has developed really well over the past two years at West Ham," added Chelsea boss Emma Hayes. "We’ve been watching her for some time and knew she’d offer the team a lot of quality in midfield and also wing-back too. She’s really versatile and extremely driven and has a real love for Chelsea.

"She is the profile we have been looking for and a person who I know will give everything to the shirt when she arrives at the club later this summer."

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