Chelsea win battle to sign Australian women’s football icon Kerr

The 26-year-old Matildas captain — who scored five times in this year’s World Cup as the Australians reached the last 16 — signed a two-and-a-half-year contract with the Women’s Super League club.Kerr, who has been a mainstay at Perth Glory since 2014 while also playing for Chicago Red Stars in the United States, will be available for selection from January.

According to a report in the Sydney Morning Herald last week it is believed Kerr — who also attracted interest from Lyon, Bayern Munich and Real Madrid — will earn worth more than £467,000 ($600,000) a year, not including potential bonuses.

However, Kerr — the all-time leading scorer in the Australian and American leagues — said she felt Chelsea were a team that had laid a solid base for winning silverware.“The WSL is the best league in Europe,” she said.

“I want team success and I don’t want it to come easy.

“I feel Chelsea have been building something special over the years and I want to be a part of that — I want to lift some trophies.”

Chelsea manager Emma Hayes said Kerr’s decision showed that they were a marquee club.

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