Dutch midfielder Jill Roord has signed a two-year contract with Arsenal.

ALKMAAR, NETHERLANDS - APRIL 09: Jill Roord of Netherlands in action during the International Friendly Women's match between Netherlands and Chile at AFAS-Stadium on April 09, 2019 in Alkmaar, Netherlands. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
ALKMAAR, NETHERLANDS – APRIL 09: Jill Roord of Netherlands in action during the International Friendly Women’s match between Netherlands and Chile at AFAS-Stadium on April 09, 2019 in Alkmaar, Netherlands. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

Details about contracts in the women’s game are often shrouded in mystery with fans rarely even learning how long a deal is for, so it is ‘news’ when some details finally emerge.

Arsenal announced the signing of Rood earlier in the week but it was left to German publication Kicker to fill in some of the details, such as contract length.

The 22-year-old has signed with the Gunners until 2021 after 14 goals in 36 games for Bayern Munich.

“I’m really proud that I’m going to be an Arsenal player,” she told Arsenal.com. “Arsenal is an amazing club and they’re also champions now, so I’m really happy and proud to join the club.

“Arsenal is one of the clubs in England that I really like. In women’s football, they’ve always been one of the top clubs. Of course there are some Dutch friends of mine who play there, so I’ve always followed them. I’m really looking forward to it.

“What type of player am I? I’m really technical. I can play offensive and also defensive midfield. I’m really technical and like to have the ball at my feet. I can also score a lot, so hopefully I can make some goals too.

“I want to develop myself as a player and I think it’s a good step for me, the next step. I want to play for Arsenal, I want to be important and I want to win trophies with the team. We’re going to play in the Champions League now and I’ve played in it before so I know what it’s like.”

Her signing was followed by the announcement that we had also signed goalkeeper Manuela Zinsberger, also from Bayern, to replace the outgoing Saari van Veenendaal.

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