Chelsea Ladies’ have strengthened their squad after agreeing terms to bring back Ghanaian midfielder Anita Asante to the club.
Former England midfielder of Ghanaian descent Anita Asante has rejoined Women's Super League side Chelsea Ladies from Rosengard until 2020.
Asante will join the Blues Ladies officially when the transfer window opens on Friday 29 December.
The 32-year-old briefly played for Chelsea before moving to the United States to play for Sky Blue FC in 2008.
‘I’m so excited to join the club. It’s a great football team, with a deep squad and I can’t wait to get started".
‘I’ve had the experience of playing here before, I have positive memories of that time and I’ve seen how much the club has grown since then, the success of the team and how they’ve developed. I feel I can be a part of that and contribute something.’ She said moments after completing her move.
Among the teams Asante played for in the US were Washington Freedom, she then joined Swedish side Gothenburg.
She enjoyed a fruitful spell with Gothenburg and was part of the team which won the Ladies Swedish Cup in 2012. Asante then scored as they won the Super Cup by beating Tyreso.
From there, she made the switch to Rosengard in 2013 and over the course of her four-year spell with the club helped them secure Champions League qualification. It was in that competition she recently played against Chelsea, as the Blues eliminated the Swedish side in the last 16.
Asante started her career at Arsenal. She joined as a junior in 1998 and became a senior player in 2003/2004 season.
Asante played an important role in the Arsenal team that won the quadruple in 2006/2007, collecting the UEFA Women's Cup, FA Women's National Premier League, FA Women's Cup and the FA Women's Premier League Cup.
Asante was also part of the Arsenal team that made history by being the first team outside Germany or Scandinavia to win the UEFA Women's Cup.