Chelsea Sign Leupolz In Another Great Pre-Contract Agreement!

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Chelsea Women have announced the signing of Bayern Munich captain Melanie Leupolz on a three-year contract until 2023.

During her six years at Bayern Munich, she has won two league titles and captained the side for two seasons.

She was part of the German squad that beat England 2-1 at Wembley in November in front of a crowd of 77,768.

She helped her country win the 2013 Women’s European Championships, as well as Olympic gold in 2016.

Leupolz told Chelsea’s website: “It’s a really big move, it’s my first move to another country and I’m really looking forward to it.

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“I believe in what Chelsea are doing as a club and I am excited to be a part of that. They want to win titles, and so do I. I also like the style of football they play. I have seen a lot of their matches and I think it’s the right club for me.”

Chelsea boss Emma Hayes added: “It’s a real statement of intent that she chose Chelsea and it shows just how far we’ve come as a football club.”

Melanie has the right qualities that we look for in players at Chelsea. She’s got international experience, been the captain of Bayern Munich and her best years are yet to come.

Leupolz has scored 19 goals in 122 appearances across all competitions for Bayern.

In my opinion, Chelsea is going in a direction that could see them form the best midfield in Europe and could see them potentially go on to win the Champions League next season as they look set to qualify.



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What Is A Pre-Contract? 

A pre-contract is an agreement by a player and an agreeing to take his registration at a later date, and became more well known after the Bosman ruling in 1995.

Who Has Signed A Pre-Contract Over Recent Years? 

Sam Kerr – Sam Kerr signed a Pre contract in November with Chelsea this campaign before she was unleashed in the WSL in January. She has so far netted 1 goal for the Blues so far in a 4-1 win away at title rivals Arsenal back in January.

Jackie Groenen – The Netherlands midfielder signed for Manchester United during the summer in one of the most exciting deals of the transfer window. She went on to help her country reach the 2019 World Cup final.

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Groenen also has  45 caps for the Netherlands. She won the Euro 2017 title with her country on home soil and was voted into the team of the tournament.

Jill Roord – Roord also from the Netherlands penned a pre-contract agreement with Women’s Super League champions Arsenal in May.  She has since gone on to be a big hit with the Gunners fanbase.

Roord is known for her combative style in midfield but her passing ability has been excellent this campaign as she seeks to get Arsenal on the front foot. She has notched 2 goals in the league including a debut strike vs West Ham.

Abbie McManus -England International McManus switched Blue for Red when she left Manchester City for Manchester United in May.

McManus spent five years at City where she won the Super League, FA Cup and League Cup. She has played 11 times in the league this season for United helping them to 5 clean-sheets.

Vivianne Miedema – In May 2017 Miedema was announced as an Arsenal player joining from Bayern Munich.

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Miedema has been a star in North London and at only 23 has already become the Netherlands Women’s National teams record goalscorer.

She has hit 16 goals in 14 games in the WSL this season including 6 in an 11-1 thrashing of Bristol City back in December.

Article by Josh Bunting – @Buntingfootball 

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