Crystal Dunn departs Chelsea Ladies

Crystal Dunn defends the ball from Birmingham City’s Jess Carter (Photo: The FA via Getty Images)

Chelsea confirm that they have agreed terms for Crystal Dunn to join North Carolina Courage.

The American departs just over a year after joining the Blues from Washington Spirit, having won the WSL Spring Series with Chelsea and helped them reach the quarter-finals of the Champions League for the first time.

Dunn told chelseafc.com: ‘It is with a heavy heart that I have decided to leave Chelsea. However, the opportunity to return to the USA felt like the right decision for both personal and footballing reasons at this stage of my career.

‘I want to thank Emma and the staff for all they have done for me, my team-mates who are not only top players but good friends and of course the fans for cheering me on during my year in London.

‘It has been a special time and I will always have a place in my heart for Chelsea FC.’