Hayes backs Buchanan to shine at Chelsea as she becomes the first player since Terry to wear the club's number 26 shirt | The Sun

EMMA HAYES is backing ‘serial winner’ Kadeisha Buchanan to impress for Chelsea after the Canada centre-back confirmed her Blues switch.

The Lyon ace, who signed a three-year deal, has become the first player since John Terry to be given the club’s number 26 shirt.

Buchanan’s move has been announced in a week which has seen the WSL champs add another classy defender from France’s top-flight to their squad.

Her transfer comes two days after the club’s signing offull-back Eve Perisset with both officially becoming Blues players in July.

It sees the Canada ace, who made 130 appearances for Lyon, become the second player to join the club following American billionaire Todd Boehly’s takeover.

And she hopes to help Chelsea achieve their goal of winning the Women’s Champions League for the first time in their history.

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Buchanan, 26, said: ‘I am coming to Chelsea with the same ambition I always had – win trophies and become the best in the world.

“The club has everything in order for us to compete in every competition and it’s time to bring a Champions League trophy to London.

‘I'm hoping to bring my experience to the team and continue on the successful pathway that the club has been on for the past seasons.

“I can’t wait to join my new teammates and the coaching staff on this journey.”

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Buchanan spent four years playing for American college team West Virginia Mountaineers from 2013 before sealing a 2017 move to Lyon.

The Toronto-born ace enjoyed a silverware-laden spell with the European giants helping them win five top-flight titles, five Champions League crowns and three Coupe de France trophies.

On the international stage, Buchanan became one of Canada Women’s youngest players when she made her senior debut in a match against China in 2013.

And the fleet-footed centre-back, who is a three-time Women’s Ballon d’Or nominee, helped her national side win gold at the Tokyo Olympics.

Their squad, coached by Beverley Priestman, included a number of past and present WSL stars.

Along with Buchanan, Janine Beckie, Adriana Leon, Deanne Rose and Blues forward Jessie Fleming were among the players in their ranks.

Blues boss Hayes, 45, said: “Kadeisha is a serial winner at the top of her game, and I have no doubt we are signing a world-class player who has proven herself on the world stage.

“She is going to bring a quality to our group and with her brilliant personality and character, we think she will be really liked within the dressing room.

"We look forward to welcoming Kadeisha this summer.”

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Buchanan is due to join up with her new team-mates before they head to the USA in August to compete in the Women’s International Champions Cup.

The four-team tournament will see the Blues take on Portland Thorns, Mexican side C.F. Monterrey and record eight-time Champions League winners Lyon.  

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