After it was confirmed Maren Mjelde will leave Chelsea at the end of the 2023/24 season, the Norwegian international sat down to reflect on her time with the Blues and send a message to supporters.

Since arriving from Avaldsnes IL in January 2017, Mjelde has proved herself one of the most dependable players of the Emma Hayes era. She has won every major domestic honour in English football and established herself as a leader on and off the pitch.

The 34-year-old will leave the Blues having lifted the Women's Super League title on five occasions, the Women's FA Cup four times, the Women's League Cup twice, and the FA Women's Community Shield.

She also contributed several big moments in our European adventures, most notably a crucial penalty against Lyon which helped us advance into last season's UEFA Women's Champions League semi-finals.

Countless memories have been created along the way and a bond has been forged with supporters, who Maren has sat down and spoken to...

‘It’s been seven great years. I came to the club in 2017, it was a new journey coming to England, to London, and to such a big club like Chelsea.

‘I think when I look back over all my years, there have been ups and there have been downs – but there’s been more ups than downs. It has been a hell of a ride.

'So many good players. The quality. There were players I had played against for the national team. Now I was teammates with a lot of those players.

‘I remember my first training session, I just loved it. The quality and how everyone was on the training pitch, it was unbelievable. How everyone welcomed me was even greater. From the start I felt welcome.

‘When I first came to Chelsea, I hadn’t won anything in my career. I had so many silver medals from clubs and the national team. I think that was the one thing I was promised when signing for Chelsea: when you come here you’re going to win.

‘In 2017, I won my first trophy. It was the Spring Series but still it was really cool. I hadn’t lifted a trophy before that, it has just been so many trophies since then.

‘It’s more than I ever could have dreamed. It’s hard to just pick out moments because there have been so many trophies, but it's the thing you never get tired of it.

‘That (trophies) is what you get at the end of the season but the hard work is put in every day, every night basically. It’s like you work 24 hours because you want to be at your best every day.

‘I always want to get better and that is why Chelsea has been the perfect place for me for so many years.

‘All the games I’ve had for Chelsea in the Champions League, there’s always been something special - moments I will remember forever. The PSG moment was off the back of an injury I had, so that was an amazing moment.

'Lyon also came off the back end of an injury. That is one of the things I am most proud about, I’ve always been able to come back [from injury]

‘But I think being surrounded by so many good people, players, friends, staff and everyone in the club was big. I think I probably doubted myself, but no one around me did. So I’m very grateful for that.’

‘Just being able to step on the pitch again wearing that shirt. It was a good feeling.

‘The way everyone has been outside of the pitch, the friendships I’ve grown I will take with me for a lifetime.

‘It’s also been amazing. It just shows, it is not just a football club. It has been like a family away from home.’

‘The fanbase wasn’t as a big as it is now. So to see how that has grown has been really cool to see. I have felt the support from day one.

‘And yeah, there’s been some really great moments when we’ve won things. I remember when we won the league during covid times and they could not be there in the stands and they were outside I remember. I was injured at the time but remember the girls running up the stairs and lifting the trophy in front of them.’

‘What I would like to say is thank you. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. It’s been probably the best days….best years of my life. Thank you.’