Hedvig Lindahl of Chelsea Women Chelsea Women v Manchester City Women, FA WSL Continental Tyres Cup Semi-Final football match, Kingsmeadow, London, UK - 06 Feb 2019 Photo: Lynne Cameron for The FA

Curtain to come down on Lindahl’s glittering Chelsea career

Long-serving Chelsea goalkeeper Hedvig Lindahl has hailed the club’s fans as well as her teammates in a social media post which has revealed her expected departure at the end of the season.

The 35-year-old veteran keeper joined The Blues in December 2014 and has enjoyed a glittering spell in South West London which has seen her win two league titles and two SSE Women’s FA Cups, as well as the 2017 FA Women’s Super League 1 Spring Series.

The goalkeeping situation at Kingsmeadow has become a keen topic of debate in recent months with The Blues having four senior keepers on their books which includes highly-rated German international Ann-Katrin Berger who joined the club in January after leaving Birmingham City.

At least one goalkeeper looked set to move on in the summer and Swedish Olympic silver medalist Lindahl has now revealed that her days as a Blues player will come to an end in an emotional post on social media. The player took to Twitter to announce her departure after watching on as Chelsea bowed out of this season’s UEFA Women’s Champions League with a 3-2 aggregate defeat to Lyon at Kingsmeadow on Sunday afternoon.

Lindahl will go down in history as one of Chelsea’s greatest-ever players. The Swede has played a huge part in the club’s development in recent years as The Blues have become one of England’s most well-respected sides. There will be some sadness that the keeper never experienced playing in a UEFA Women’s Champions League final for the South West Londoners but she will leave the club well-equipped to challenge for European honours in the future.

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