The Norwegian, whose current deal was due to run out this summer, has prolonged her stay in London until 2021 after helping us win the Double in her first season at the club.
A versatile and popular member of Emma Hayes's squad, Thorisdottir has featured in several positions across defence and midfield since joining from Klepp in 2017. This season injury and illness have limited her appearances, but the 25-year-old is not far from fitness now and reflected on her new contract by looking back and forward...
First of all Maria, huge congratulations on this new contract. What does it mean?
Thank you! It means a lot. I really appreciate getting the chance to be here for two more years, and I can’t wait to see what they will bring.
What have the last 18 months at Chelsea been like for you?
It’s been great. The girls welcomed me very well and it felt like home immediately. My team-mates are amazing, and we did a very good season last year when we won the Double. Hopefully we can do that again.
Tell us about the squad of players you are a part of. There seems to be so much friendly competition for places…
That’s one of the biggest reasons I signed a new contract. My team-mates are like a family. I really look forward to seeing them every day. We are a good group on and off the pitch which is really important.
How do you feel you have developed as a player in the last year-and-a-half?
I’m getting there! I have had a few ups and downs with injuries, unlucky this year, but last year was nice. I got a challenge to be in every single position on the pitch which was okay, and I got wait to get back!
How important has Emma Hayes been?
She has challenged me to play in many different positions. She is really honest, she tells you what she wants you to do and if it’s not good enough, which is good I think. She is different from other coaches I am used to.
How has your recovery from the concussion you suffered at the end of last year been?
It’s been three hard, tough months. A concussion is one of the worst injuries because you cannot do anything. Luckily my head is good now and I am starting to get back in training, and hopefully back on the pitch soon.
You’re getting fit at an important time of the season, there is so much to play for at the moment…
Yeah, it’s a busy time now and there is a World Cup in the summer so I really have to be ready!
A new two-year contract. What do you want to achieve in that time?
First of all I want to develop as a player, to improve. I feel l still have more to improve. And of course to win trophies! I never won anything before I came here, so to lift the FA Cup was one of the biggest things I have done and I really want to do it again.