It’s been a busy week for our Ladies team, with two more signings presented to a large gathering of media on Tuesday…
Two new signings unveiling
Ji So-Yun, the Korean attacking midfielder, and Emma Wilhemsson, the Swedish defender who joined Chelsea Ladies last Friday following a successful trial, were unveiled as Chelsea players on Tuesday with the Korean media in particular assembling on mass to cover the playmaker’s first interview as a Blues player.
The duo, speaking in the West Stand at Stamford Bridge, outlined their excitement at the prospect of playing in a new country and a new league.
Ji So-Yun sparks interest
Hailed as the ‘Messi’ of South Korea, Ji So-Yun’s move to Chelsea – after impressing against the Blues in the Club World Cup in Japan – has clearly caught the imagination in her native country, judging from the amount of Korean journalists present, eager to hear her first words.
‘It feels really special for me to come to England,’ explained the 22-year-old.
‘It’s a very big opportunity for me and I’m looking forward to getting started. My main aim is to win the league with Chelsea. We already have a great team but I want to help raise us to an even higher standard.
‘When I played against Chelsea the impression I got was that they were a great side and I thought it would be a great move for me.’
Wilhelmsson joins from Swedish side Jitex BK, and explained to the official Chelsea website what she can bring to the side.
‘I’m a very strong defender and my heading ability is one of my biggest strengths,’ reported the 27-year-old. ‘I’m a really big fan of John Terry. He’s a brilliant central defender, which is my position, and I admire him and enjoy watching him play.
‘I love to win, and I make sure I give everything whether I’m playing in a big match or just a normal training session.’
The Swede impressed for our Ladies side as a trialist during the Club World Cup in December, playing 90 minutes of both games as we reached the final. According to Wilhelmsson, the trip to Japan was a great learning experience and helped her get to know her team-mates, an asset as she joins the squad for pre-season training this week.
The women’s game in Sweden is one of the strongest in the world, and the defender, who can also play as a defensive midfielder, indicated why she had decided to leave her homeland.
‘I always want to develop the way I play. I’ve been playing in Sweden for many years and I wanted a new challenge. I hope I can improve as a player and I want to play well and help the club achieve things.
‘English football will definitely be different from Swedish football but I’m looking forward to it. I want to learn. This is a wonderful club, a big club, so I’m just looking forward to the start of the season.’