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Manchester United complete signing of Chelsea full-back Blundell

Manchester United have completed the signing of Chelsea left-back Hannah Blundell according to reports on their official club website.

The 27-year-old Eastbourne-born defender is understood to have penned a two-year deal with The Red Devils with the option of a further year.

Prior to the transfer, Manchester United were thought to be set to receive a player from Chelsea as part of a swap deal for attacker Lauren James. It is unknown whether that player was Blundell with James’ exit having not been confirmed at the time of the transfer.

Blundell spent 11 years as a Chelsea player, making a huge contribution to the development of the club to the position that it finds itself today. She represented The Blues on 165 occasions while her club performances helped her reach the fringes of the England senior tam.

After completing her move to Manchester United, Blundell said “I’m really excited to be joining this great club and I’m looking forward to being part of the journey with this team. I believe Manchester United can be successful and win trophies, and I will do everything I can to help bring success to the club. I’m just happy to finally be a United player and I can wait to meet all the staff, players, and especially the fans.”

Blundell becomes Manchester United’s second signing of the summer following the recent arrival of Norwegian international midfielder Vilde Bøe Risa. The club are also thought to be close to announcing a new head coach with Orlando Pride boss Marc Skinner heavily linked to the role.

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