Ann-Katrin Berger has extended her stay with Chelsea and the Blues goalkeeper says there is no other place she would rather play her football.
It was announced earlier today that Berger had put pen-to-paper on a new deal, keeping her at the club until the summer of 2024.
Berger faced questions from team-mate Erin Cuthbert and the 30-year-old told the Scotland international her reasons for signing a new deal, her ambitions for the coming season and what she thinks of Emma Hayes naming her as one of the best goalkeepers in the world.
How happy are you to extend your stay at the club?
I’m really happy to stay here for longer. The players, the team, and the staff, they make me a better player, so there’s no reason why I should be anywhere else.
We’ve seen a lot of the squad commit their future to the club in recent months – how important is it that we are keeping this group of players together?
It’s massive, because we can grow together, and we know each other better than before. If we stick together for a longer time, that will make a difference on the pitch.
Emma has also signed a new contract – how much has she helped you since you have been at the club?
She took me to another level because she got the best out of me, and she knows how to get the best out of me. She has helped me in every single way.
Emma said last season that you are one of the best goalkeepers in the world, what’s it like to hear your boss say that?
It’s nice to hear. I still don’t feel that way because there are a lot of good goalkeepers out there. If a manager tells you that or tells the media, for me and my confidence, it plays a huge part.
You’ve been here for two years now, how do you feel you have developed as a goalkeeper during that time?
I’ve improved with a lot of different things. With Stuart [Searle], he helps me a lot. In small areas, I thought I was good, but he actually gave me more percentage in every single area, both as a goalkeeper and as a person. The last two years, I’ve improved quite a lot and I was surprised that I could improve that much.
Last season was a successful one, how do you reflect on last season now you have had some time away?
We had a really good season and I’m proud of what we did. With the Champions League, it was a little bit bitter and sweet, but it was a good feeling. I know now where we need to be, so I’ve got more hungry to get the big trophy.
Each year the WSL gets more competitive, what are you expecting from this coming season in terms of other teams challenging at the top end of the table?
It’s going to be even harder. There is a lot of games, so we have to work harder. We can’t just stay on the same level, we have to go a gear up. We have to do what we do, but even better.
We reached the Champions League final last season. How do you think that experience will help the team going into this season’s Champions League campaign?
It will help us a lot. You saw with Barcelona, they lost their first final. It will make us hungrier and now we know what to expect, so I’m really confident that we can take the next step and win the trophy.
Finally, what are your ambitions for the next season both domestically and in Europe?
Win everything, easy as that!