Chelsea Women sign Lyon star Kadeisha Buchanan as Todd Boehly recruitment campaign continues


helsea continued their impressive recruitment campaign under new owner Todd Boehly by signing Kadeisha Buchanan for their women’s team and handing her the famous No26 jersey worn by John Terry.

Buchanan, who arrives from Women’s Champions League winners Lyon, has signed a three-year contract and is the first player to wear Terry’s number for the Blues since he left the club in 2017.

Like Terry, Buchanan is a central defender and she arrives at Stamford Bridge with a great reputation from her time in French football. During five and a half years at Lyon, the 26-year-old won the Champions League five times and lifted eight other domestic trophies.

A regular on the Canadian national team, Buchanan helped her country win Olympic gold last summer and she was also nominated for the Ballon d’Or. She is Chelsea’s second signing this summer after also bringing in French defender Eve Perisset earlier this week.

Chelsea, who won the Women’s Super League and FA Cup double last season, are currently the dominant force in women’s football in England and new owner Boehly seems determined to make it that way.

Commenting on Buchanan’s move to the Blues, Chelsea Women manager Emma Hayes said: “Kadeisha is a serial winner at the top of her game and I am confident we are signing a world-class player who has proven herself on the world stage.

“She will bring a quality to our group and with her bright personality and character, we believe she will be much appreciated in the dressing room. We look forward to welcoming Kadeisha this summer.

Buchanan added: “I come to Chelsea with the same ambition I’ve always had – to win trophies and become the best in the world. The club has everything to enable us to participate in all competitions and it’s time to bring a Champions League trophy in London.

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