Swedish goalkeeper Zecira Musovic has shared her delight at joining Chelsea FC Women but is aware she has a ‘hard job’ on her hands at Stamford Bridge.
Musovic’s move to the Blues was confirmed earlier today, with Chelsea revealing the 24-year-old will join them from Swedish Damallsvenskan side FC Rosengard on January 1st.
It will be the goalkeeper’s first taste of football outside of her home country, have previously played for Stattena IF before her eight-year spell at Rosengard.
She does have considerable international experience, though, having captained her country’s U19 side when they won the 2015 UEFA Women’s U-19 title in Israel.
She has also played for her country against Russia at the Algarve Cup and was part of their squad for the FIFA Women’s World Cup in 2019.
Those are experiences that should help her transition, but she admits she is stepping out of her comfort zone nonetheless.
“It feels damn fun, I am very grateful for this opportunity and am proud of myself,” she told Fotbollskanalen.
“Their goalkeeping coach has a good view of me and has seen how I play and what I can become. It feels very good.
“It does not feel like the club made a decision in one or two matches without following me for a long time.
“I have a long way to go and know that I have to put in a hard job.
“It is clear that it is a step that is not very comfortable considering how good I am in Malmö, where I feel comfortable with the team and have my family.”
Musovic arrives at Chelsea as their third-choice goalkeeper, with Germany goalkeeper Ann-Katrin Berger and Carly Telford already at the club.
Berger joined the Blues in January 2019 and has since established herself as number one at the club, a position she is also fighting for in the German national set up.
It means there is intense competition for places, something the new signing is more than aware of.
“If you look at the top clubs in Europe, all two or three have very good goalkeepers,” she added.
“So it is with Chelsea. There are already two players there that are very good, so it will definitely be a competitive situation.
“But we compete on the same terms, and I do not go there to sit and learn. I go there to learn and compete; it’s a great mix.”