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New Chelsea signing Emma Wilhelmsson is jumping at the chance to link up with her new club ahead of the forthcoming FA WSL season.
The 27-year-old has joined following an impressive trial during the International Women's Club Championship (IWCC) in December, in which Wilhelmsson played the full 90 minutes in both games as Chelsea finished as runners-up.
Wilhelmsson joins from Swedish side Jitex BK, having previously played for Malmo, winning three league titles and playing in the UEFA Women's Champions League during her time with the club. A former Sweden Under-23 international, Wilhelmsson can play anywhere across the back four, while she is also an accomplished defensive midfielder.
"It feels great [to be a Chelsea player] and I'm really excited about it," said Emma. "This is a wonderful club, a big club, so I'm just looking forward to the start of the season.
"I'm a very strong defender and my heading ability is one of my biggest strengths. I love to win, I make sure I give everything whether I'm playing in a big match or just a normal training session."
Looking back on her trial spell during the tournament in Japan, Emma added: "It was a good trip, we played two games and we had some good, intense training sessions. It was good for me to be there as I got to know the girls and I really enjoyed it."
Did that trip help you build relationships both on and off the pitch? "I think so, yes, and it made it easier for me to join the team now instead of me just coming in and not knowing anybody."
Emma is also confident of making the transition from Swedish to English football. "It will be difficult but I'm looking forward to it. For me, it will definitely be different, but I want to learn. I enjoyed the two games in Japan and I thought we played quite well.
"I always want to develop the way I play. I've been playing in Sweden for many years and I wanted a new challenge. I hope I can improve as a player and I want to play well and help the club achieve things."
Meanwhile Ji So-Yun, who joined the club last week, has spoken about her move from INAC Kobe Lionessea. "It's a huge honour for me to be at this club," she said. "It feels really special for me to come to England. It's a very big opportunity for me and I'm looking forward to getting started."
Ji has been described as the Korean Messi but remained modest about the comparison. "I'm not sure if I should be compared to Messi but I will try my best to live up to that name," she smiled.
The South Korean international played against Chelsea during the Club World Cup and revealed that she had an extra interest in her opponents that day. "I was offered a deal already by Chelsea before the match so it was a great opportunity to observe them closely," she said. "The impression I got was that they were a great side and I thought it would be a great move for me.
"My main aim is to win the league with Chelsea. We already have a great team but I want to help raise us to an even higher standard."
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