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Football Ferns captain Ali Riley has secured a high-profile move to Bayern Munich.

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Soccer Ferns captain Ali Riley has secured a high-profile transfer to Bayern Munich.

​Bayern Munich have doubled down on their Kiwis by means of signing Soccer Ferns captain Ali Riley.

The signing of the vastly-experienced left-back was once introduced on Thursday (NZT) — the similar day that Sarpreet Singh made his debut for Bayern’s males’s group in a 2-1 defeat to Arsenal on the Global Champions Cup in Los Angeles.

The 31-year-old Riley joins Bayern after one season with English Ladies’s Tremendous League aspect Chelsea, the place her recreation time was once limited because of damage. She made 17 appearances throughout all competitions with simply seven of the ones appearances coming as a starter.

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“For a participant her age, it is completely essential she’s enjoying week in, week out. We could not ensure that with the squad numbers now we have,” Chelsea trainer Emma Hayes mentioned.

“We could not ensure that with the squad numbers now we have and the loss of Champions League soccer.

“She’s made a telling have an effect on at the Chelsea neighborhood, right through the membership — the volume of compliments I have won, from the media group, the training division, thru to industrial.

“They have got all mentioned what a phenomenal position style she is for the ladies’s division. She’s an suggest of a large number of sure information tales and I want her the entire easiest together with her subsequent occupation transfer. She’ll be an enormous good fortune.”

The transfer to Germany is an improbable one for Riley, a 129-cap world, as Bayern are probably the most most sensible golf equipment within the ladies’s recreation. They have got completed runners-up within the Frauen-Bundesliga for the previous 3 years and ultimate season they made it the entire strategy to the Champions League semifinals.

“I am very excited and having a look ahead to getting began and being a part of this nice membership,” Riley mentioned.

“In fact I need to win titles and I am having a look ahead to enjoying within the Champions League. I need to usher in my revel in and spirit and assist in making the membership a hit.”

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