Ingle signs new Blues deal

Chelsea FC Women midfielder Sophie Ingle is the latest player to sign a new contract, extending her stay with the Blues until June 2023.

Ingle re-joined Chelsea ahead of the 2018/19 campaign having previously played for the club in 2012 and 2013 and has played a major role in our recent trophy success.

The 29-year-old recently reached 100 appearances for the Blues and Ingle says she is delighted to put pen-to-paper on a new deal.

She said: It was nice that the club wanted to keep me on for another two years.

‘I’m really excited and looking forward to the next two years.'

General manager Paul Green added: ‘We’re delighted to extend Sophie’s contract. She has shown high levels of quality and consistency since returning to the club, playing a key part in the team’s recent successes.

‘Sophie’s experience and tactical intelligence make her an important player, capable of playing in a couple of different roles within the team.’

‘We look forward to Sophie helping the club achieve more success in the upcoming years.’

During her first spell with Chelsea, Ingle was part of the Blues side that suffered defeat in the Women’s FA Cup final in 2012 but since her return to the club, the Welsh captain has enjoyed plenty of trophy success.

Ingle has won the FA Barclay’s Women’s Super League, the Continental League Cup and the Women’s Community Shield and the Welsh captain says the club has progressed both on and off the pitch since her first spell as a Blues player.

‘When I was first here many years ago, we were semi-professional,’ Ingle said.

‘I used to drive here two, three times a week to train here in the evenings and then come up on the weekend to play.

‘We didn’t have the facilities we have now. Since Emma has come in she has been pushing year after year to progress this football club and this women’s team.

‘She’s done that with the signings she’s made, and she’s been pushing for things off the pitch as well as on the pitch.

‘Credit to all the girls too, it helps when we win trophies and the club will give back and that’s been really important.’

Chelsea recently broke the WSL record for the longest unbeaten run and Ingle has played an important part in reaching the incredible milestone.

Ingle admitted breaking the record felt even more special given the increase in the number of teams fighting at the top of the women’s game in England.

She said: ‘It’s an amazing achievement from this team. Going two years unbeaten is tough in this league.

‘You’ve seen this year there are more teams fighting for the top positions, so it’s a credit to us, including the girls from last season who have moved on.

‘Everyone has played their part and it’s been a massive achievement for this football club.’