Chelsea have announced the signing of Kadeisha Buchanan on a free transfer from Lyon following the expiration of her contract with the reigning European champions.

Buchanan – considered one of the finest central defenders in world football – joins the Blues after five-and-a-half years in France, where she won 13 major trophies.

The Canadian international has signed a three-year deal, keeping her with the Blues until 2025, and will officially join the club on 1 July.

“I am coming to Chelsea with the same ambition I always had – win trophies and become the best in the world,” said Buchanan. “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 teammates and the coaching staff on this journey.”

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