Chelsea confirm they have agreed a two-year deal with midfielder Drew Spence.
The 25-year-old joined the Blues from Fulham in 2008 and has gone on to make more than 70 appearances in all competitions.
“I’m really proud and thankful for the opportunity to extend my contract. I’m delighted to be at Chelsea. I’ve been here a while now and this is my home. We’re on a journey and I’m really excited for the future,” she said to Chelseafc.com.
Emma Hayes’ side are enjoying a fantastic season. Coming off the back of their Spring Series triumph, the unbeaten Londoners are currently top of the WSL 1 table, one point clear of defending champions Manchester City after 11 games.
No side have conceded fewer goals (6) or won more games (8) and Spence has played her part in their success. The English international has played in 10 of Chelsea’s 11 league outings this season.
Her Blues side are also in the semi-finals of the Women’s FA Cup, recently beating Liverpool to book their place in the final four and have kept alive their European aspirations.
Chelsea face Montpellier in the first leg of Champions League quarter-finals on Wednesday evening, with the return fixture (March 28) coming after a league meeting with Reading on Sunday.
Arsenal then travel to face Chelsea in a WSL London derby which could have a big say on the outcome of the title race.
Spence added: “This is crunch time at the end of the season, and what we’ve been training for since the summer.
“There are two massive games against Montpellier in the Champions League, with a home match against Reading in between. Then we’ve got Arsenal, which is always a massive game.
“They just won the Conti Cup, they’re a tough team and, of course, it’s a London derby so they’ll want to get one over on us.”