Chelsea Ladies sign South Korea star

Chelsea Ladies have added another international to their squad, this time signing South Korea’s Ji So-Yun.

The 22-year-old attacking midfielder, who has represented her country 55 times and scored 26 goals having made her debut aged just 15, has agreed a two-year deal with manager Emma Hayes’ side.

Ji joins the club from Japanese league and cup holders INAC Kobe Leonessa, who defeated Chelsea Ladies in the final of December’s International Women’s Club Championship in Tokyo.

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Emma Hayes’ squad has been strengthened.

The three-time Korean Footballer of the Year is Hayes’ fifth signing this winter, having already added England quartet Rachel Williams, Laura Bassett, Gilly Flaherty and Katie Chapman to her squad for this year’s WSL, which gets underway in April.

“What a fantastic signing for the club,’”said Hayes. “I believe she is one of the best midfielders in the world and our fans will love her.”

Ji, who will become the first Korean woman to play in the WSL, added: “I am glad to be joining Chelsea Ladies and look forward to the new challenge of playing football in Europe.

“I will get myself in gear to become an integral player for my team and to lead Chelsea to the highest possible levels.

“I hope many fans will be greatly interested in our team and my activities. I will always do my best for our club and Chelsea fans.”

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