Former Chelsea Women’s goalkeeper Hedvig Lindahl joins Wolfsburg

Hedvig Lindahl during the World Cup 3rd place play-off match. (Photo: Lynne Cameron for The FA)

After leaving Chelsea at the end of last season and then helping Sweden to World Cup bronze, 36-year-old Hedvig Lindahl has sealed a one-year deal with VfL Wolfsburg.

A veteran of 165 international caps who had been with Chelsea since 2015, she told her new team’s website: “VfL Wolfsburg is a club with a great track record. I’m honored to be a part of such an outstanding and powerful team.

“From my experience at Chelsea, I can also say: If you can not beat Wolfsburg, join them.”

The She Wolves beat Chelsea in the UWCL semi-finals in 2018, winning 3-1 and 2-0.

“Hedvig is one of the most experienced goalkeepers in Europe – something she proved on a number of occasions at the recent Women’s World Cup,” said Wolfaburg’s sporting director Ralf Kellermann.

“We don’t know how long that Almuth (Schult) will be out for, so we decided to sign another experienced keeper alongside Friederike (Abt) to ensure that we get the new season off to the best possible start and achieve the goals that we have set ourselves.”