Reece James signs new long-term deal with Chelsea until summer 2025

Reece James signs new long-term deal with Chelsea until summer 2025

- Reece James has signed a five-and-a-half-year deal with Chelsea until 2025

- The English youngster made a scoring debut for the Blues this season in the Carabao Cup

- James has scored twice in 18 appearances for the Europa League defending champions this season

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Chelsea has confirmed that their defender Reece James has committed his future to the club until the summer of 2025.

The 20-year-old defender joined the Stamford Bridge outfit at the age of nine, having trained at Cobham since the age of six.

James made his Blues debut in their Carabao Cup 7-1 victory over Grimsby Town in September 2019.

He continued his impressive form for the London club when he scored a 74th-minute equaliser to earn the Premier League side a point in their Champions League group stage clash.

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The defender triumphed on loan at Championship side Wigan last season and won individual honours at their end-of-season awards before his return to SW6.

Despite suffering an ankle injury in the summer while representing England Under-20s at the Toulon Tournament, Frank Lampard kept the player in his plan. And since his return, he has started three games in all competitions.

While reacting to his new deal, James said: "It has been my dream to be here at Chelsea and play week in week out and to have a contract for another five-and-a-half year is living the dream again.

"I have always wanted to be here and another five-and-a-half years means a lot to me and a lot to my family."

Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia added: "The smooth way Reece has fitted into the team so quickly despite missing the start of the season has been clear for everyone to see.
"Reece started his football education with us at the age of six and his performances on loan at Wigan last season paved the way for a strong beginning to his career in the Chelsea team.

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"We are very pleased he now has the perfect opportunity to build on that and become a major player for us for many years to come."

Eden Hazard has explained that he has rediscovered his love for football at Real Madrid, claiming that he had less pleasure playing under Antonio Conte and Sarri at Chelsea.

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