German international Melanie Leupolz has agreed to join Chelsea Women after six years at Bayern Munich.
The Bayern captain will remain in the Frauen-Bundesliga until the currently postponed season is completed.
Leupolz said one of the main reasons she chose Chelsea was because she was excited by their style of football under Emma Hayes.
“It’s a really big move, it’s my first move to another country and I’m really looking forward to it,” she said.
“I believe in what Chelsea are doing as a club and I am excited to be a part of that. They want to win titles, and so do I.”
Melanie Leupolz is a commanding presence in midfield and will join an already star-studded Chelsea side. But her experience and leadership will be her biggest assets.
She played a key role in Bayern’s back-to-back title-winning seasons in 2014-15 and 2015-16. She also regularly stars for the German national side.
Although the 25-year-old plies her trade in the middle of the park, she is by no means goal-shy, finding the net 19 times in 122 appearances.
Chelsea manager Emma Hayes said she was looking forward to working with Leupolz once the season is concluded.
“Melanie has the right qualities that we look for in players at Chelsea,” she said. “She’s got international experience, been the captain of Bayern Munich and her best years are yet to come.”
Leupolz signed a pre-contract agreement that will see her stay at Chelsea for the next three years. However, fans will still have to wait quite a while before they see her in their colours.
With the Women’s Super League suspended indefinitely due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s unclear when the season will continue.
As it stands, the season is scheduled to return on April 29.