Chelsea Ladies Sign Norway Defender

Chelsea have completed the addition of Norway international Maria Thorisdottir to the squad.

The 24-year-old defender was previously at Klepp in her homeland and recently represented Norway at the EURO2017, where she played two of her nation’s three games.

On signing a contract with the Blues until 2019, Thorisdottir told chelseafc.com: ‘I am very proud to be part of Chelsea Ladies, it is a big dream coming true and I am really looking forward to getting to know all the girls and being part of the team.

‘I have heard a lot of good things about the group. It was an easy choice. I know Maren Mjelde and she is a very good football player and a person, so it is nice to have her here.’

Describing her playing style, she said: ‘I am maybe like a Viking. I like to go hard into duels, win the ball in the air and try to play my team-mates in well.’

Early in her career she was in the Norway U-17 squad that reached the semi-finals of the European Championships in 2009 and she played in the final at U-19 level two years later.