Chelsea Ladies striker Eniola Aluko has officially announced that she will be leaving the club at the end of the season.

The 31-year-old goal machine told the Chelsea Presser after the SSE Women’s FA Cup final that she was expecting to move overseas this summer to continue her career and her Chelsea exit has now been confirmed on The Blues’ official website.

Aluko had been linked with a move to French club Paris Saint-Germain Feminines earlier this year and The Parisians could be one of a number of European options available to the striker.

The former England international forward has scored six goals in 24 outings for the club in all competitions this season but Aluko has been introduced from the bench on no less than 15 occasions. A lack of match action has prompted the player to consider her future and the decision to leave Chelsea has been made to allow Aluko to enjoy more football in the later years of her career.

Chelsea initially signed Aluko in summer 2007 and the striker spent 15 months with The Blues before moving to the United States. Spells with Saint Louis Athletica, Atlanta Beat and Sky Blues FC followed before the striker returned to England where she played for Birmingham City Ladies.

Aluko joined Chelsea for a second time in 2012 and the forward has played her part in the major development at the club in recent years. The player has won two FA Women’s Super League 1 titles with Chelsea as well as the 2017 FA Women’s Super League 1 Spring Series. The striker was a second half substitute as she won her second SSE Women’s FA Cup winners’ medal with Chelsea earlier this month as they beat Arsenal Women 3-1 at Wembley.

The journey which Aluko has enjoyed at Chelsea has been special and fans will hold fond memories of the player’s time at the club.

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