By Ben Gilby (22/12/21).
Above: Chelsea’s new signing Alsu Adbullina. Photo supplied to Impetus by: Chelsea FC.
Chelsea this afternoon announce the signing of Russian international left-back Alsu Abdullina on a two-and-a-half-year deal.
The 20-year-old joins from Lokomotiv Moscow and will start the New Year as a Blue ahead of the second half of the season. The defender has signed at the Club until June 2024 and will wear shirt number 27.
The versatile left-back has been at Lokomotiv Moscow since 2020 where she has enjoyed significant success playing in the Russian top-flight bringing her energy and physicality to the team, with 46 appearances and six goals to her name. Lokomotiv went on to win the Russian Cup and Silver medal in Abdullina’s debut year going one better to clinch all the domestic trophies last season including the Russian League, Russian Cup, and Super Cup, as well as competing in the Champions League.
Prior to Lokomotiv, the defender started her professional career at Chertanovo Moscow, joining their Academy at the age of fourteen. She played her first match for the senior team in April 2017, becoming the youngest player that season and went on to win the bronze medal in the Russian Championship league in 2017 with the team securing silver in 2018.
Abdullina also has considerable international experience having played for the Russian national team since 2017, making her debut against Belgium in a friendly. Since then she has gone on to make an impressive 30 appearances and scored three goals in that time for her country. Most recently the Russian defender has competed in the Women’s FIFA 2023 World Cup and UEFA Euro 2022 qualifiers and also participated in the 2019 World Cup qualifying stages.
Earlier this year, she was named in the Russian Women’s league team of the season which is organized by the Russian Football Union for head coaches and captains from the league to vote for their top players of the year.
Upon signing, Abdullina said: “I am so happy to join Chelsea. This is a big change in my life, a new challenge. I am very proud to be part of this team, which has so many great players.
‘I want to continue to develop as a player and progress in London. I want to help the team to win as many trophies as possible.’
Emma Hayes commented on the signing: “Alsu is a very good young player who has accumulated a lot of club and national appearances for her age, including winning the league a number of times with Lokomotiv.
“Alsu is a versatile player who can play any position on the left, adding more depth to the squad. We look forward to seeing how she develops in our environment over the next couple of years.”