Madrid sign Rita Chikwelu as Nigerian international ends ten-year spell in Sweden

Chikwelu was a part of the Nigeria side that won the 2018 Africa Cup of Nations (PA Images)
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Spanish women's side Madrid CCF have signed Nigerian international midfielder Rita Chikwelu from Swedish club Kristianstad.

The 31-year-old, who has spent the last decade of her career in Sweden, joins the Primera Division outfit on a six-month deal.

She becomes the 16th African player to move to Spain and joins fellow Nigerian team-mate Chidinma Okeke in the Madrid set-up.

Following her move, she said: "This is a different and competitive league, as a footballer you want to test yourself around the best players.

"The Spanish league is an interesting place for African players and I believe this will continue to help develop our players' game and their profile."

Madrid currently sit 10th in Spain's top flight, just one point above the relegation zone.