No worries in Umeå over players leaving

Sanna Valkonen has signed with newly promoted AIK, Anne Mäkinen also seems to be considering a move south, Marta is attracting the usual crowd of suitors and then some, Anna Paulsson has offers from Sunnanå and AIK, Linköping tries to lure away Hanna Ljungberg. And more to that. But UIK's management is not worried.

Roland Arnqvist says he doesn't know which players the club will field in the UEFA Women's Cup final next year, but there is no reason to worry: "It was much worse last year", he says and reminds of a tabloid headline a year ago announcing "The stars are fleeing from Umeå". He also underlines, that it is important that the players they sign are dedicated, that they really wants to play for Umeå. And there is a generation change to deal with. "It would of course be great to keep the entire squad and just play on next year. But we have a lot of players close to 30 and it's better to replace some of these now instead of replacing a lot of them next year."

Probably a couple of more players will follow Valkonen and leave Umeå, but Arnnqvist says "There is a lot of good football players in the world. I can assure UIK will field a strong team next year too."
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