Zecira Musovic has signed a new contract with Chelsea, keeping the goalkeeper at the club until the summer of 2025.

The Swedish international first captured the attention of our coaching staff back in 2017 after impressing in a friendly between Chelsea and her former club, Rosengard. In January 2021, Musovic joined the Blues and took the number one jersey previously worn by her compatriot Hedvig Lindahl.

A goalkeeper who wants to help her team both on and off the ball, Musovic thrives on leading from the back. The 26-year-old prides herself on being a good communicator and team player, working together with her backline and making important saves in crucial moments.

On putting pen to paper, Musovic said: ‘Coming to Chelsea was one of my best decisions. I am really thankful for the time I’ve had here so far. I’ve been able to work with the best coaches in the world - the goalkeeping coach, and Emma and her team. I really enjoy working with them and to play with the players I have around me, the people I have around me.

‘I feel like this is my family here in England so I’m really pleased with the time I’ve had here so far. I feel like this is just the start and the best is yet to come. I’m really excited to see how far we can go as a team, but also me individually.’

General manager Paul Green commented: ‘We are delighted that Zecira has extended her contract with the club. She has developed significantly during her time here, and we are looking forward to seeing her progress further in the years to come.'

Musovic began her club career playing for Stattena IF at a very early age, spending two seasons with the senior women’s team in the second division until 2012. She moved from Stattena to Malmo, renamed Rosengard at the end of 2012, winning four Swedish league titles and three Swedish Cups while making 15 appearances in the UEFA Women’s Champions League.

Having featured against Chelsea in the last 16 of the Women’s Champions League in 2017, Musovic became a blue midway through the 2020/21 campaign. She made her debut in a 2-0 away win over West Ham United and also kept a clean sheet in her only other appearance.

Following a settling-in period over the previous six months, Musovic appeared in half of our Champions League group fixtures, as well as featuring regularly in the cup competitions and just shy of half of our WSL fixtures. She notched a tally of eight clean sheets from 14 starts, plus a vital assist for Sam Kerr’s last-gasp winner against Aston Villa in March which helped us towards the WSL title last year.

On the international stage, Musovic captained Sweden during their 2015 UEFA Women’s U-19 Championship triumph in Israel. She was awarded her first senior cap in March 2018 against Russia at the Algarve Cup.

Further call-ups were on the horizon for Musovic who represented her country at the 2019 Women’s World Cup and 2021 Olympics, winning bronze and silver medals respectively. She was part of the Sweden squad at the 2022 European Championships and reached the semi-final stage.

Everyone at Chelsea sends their congratulations to Zecira, and wishes her every success for the future.