Chelsea youngster Reece James has signed a new long-term contract that will keep him at the club until the summer of 2025. The defender turned 20 last month and has made 18 appearances for the Blues under Frank Lampard in all competitions.
He scored on his debut in the Carabao Cup victory against Grimsby Town. His scoring touch also came in handy when he scored the dramatic equalizer for the Blues in the UEFA Champions League 4 all draw against Ajax at Stamford Bridge.
He was on loan to Championship side Wigan last season and won all the individual awards at the club’s end of season award before his return to Stamford Bridge. Although he suffered an ankle injury whilst playing for the England under-20 side at the Toulon tournament, Lampard kept faith with him after 3 months on the sidelines. He has started Chelsea’s last 3 games in all competitions.
On signing his new five-and-a-half-year deal, the defender 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, and the fact another exciting young player is part of the future of the club is a result of great work by our Academy, our loans department, our new coaching staff and of course the player himself.
‘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. 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.’