Chelsea Women forward Fran Kirby has extended her contract at the club until 2023 with the option of a further 12 months.

“I’ve been a part of this club for a very long time, and it didn’t take much thought,” Kirby told the club website. “I knew where I wanted to be, and I think you could see that in my performances.

“I was really trying to prove to myself, to the fans who haven’t been able to watch me for a long time and to the club. It was a no-brainer for me that I wanted to stay in this environment.

“I really wanted to work and prove that I was worthy of a new contract. I’ve spent a lot of time out ill and I remember speaking to Emma (Hayes) at the start of the year and I said I didn’t want anything given to me, I wanted to earn my spot to play, I wanted to earn my spot to be involved with this team and stay in this team.

“That’s been a massive goal of mine this season and I want to keep doing that. I’ve signed a new contract, but I want to make sure that I keep pushing myself every day and as long as I keep doing that, I know that I’ll be in a good place.”

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