• By Paul Lagan

New Chelsea defender Buchanan: I'm here to win trophies


Kadeisha Buchanan Picture: Chelsea FCW

By Paul Lagan

Chelsea have signed their second defender of the week.

Hot on the heels of French full back Eve Perisset, is Kadeisha Buchanan who popped up to sign a three-year deal.

The 26-year-old will wear the number 26 shirt.

Buchanan said: "I am coming to Chelsea with the same ambition I always had - win trophies and become the best in the world. 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.’ Blues boss Emma Hayes said: "Kadeisha is a serial winner at the top of her game and I have no doubt we are signing a world class player who has proven herself on the world stage.

"She is going to bring a quality to our group and with her brilliant personality and character, we think she will be really liked within the dressing room. We look forward to welcoming Kadeisha this summer."

Buchanan has spent the past five-and-a-half-years at Lyon where she most recently won the UEFA Women’s Champions League against Barcelona, securing her fifth Champions League trophy with the French side. The Canadian defender has had an illustrious career to date proving to be one of Europe’s best, with 130 appearances and nine goals to her name at Lyon and a further eight domestic trophies secured including winning the Coupe de France three times and the French league title an impressive five times.

Prior to moving to France, Buchanan spent four years playing college football in the States with West Virginia Mountaineers where she made 98 appearances and established herself as one of the top players in the NCAA.

Buchanan said: "I am coming to Chelsea with the same ambition I always had - win trophies and become the best in the world. 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.

"'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.’

Blues boss Emma Hayes said: "Kadeisha is a serial winner at the top of her game and I have no doubt we are signing a world class player who has proven herself on the world stage.

"She is going to bring a quality to our group and with her brilliant personality and character, we think she will be really liked within the dressing room. We look forward to welcoming Kadeisha this summer."