Reece James has joined Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Mason Mount, Callum Hudson-Odoi, and Fikayo Tomori in signing a new long-term Chelsea contract this season. Like the other four (and Tammy Abraham as well), he’s been with the club practically his entire life, joining at a very young age and growing up in the Academy. And like the others (including, hopefully, Tammy), he obviously wouldn’t mind staying long-term, even well beyond the expiration of his new deal in 2025.
“I have been here nearly my whole life and I would be happy to spend the rest of my career here. It is the club I have supported throughout and I have committed long-term.”
In the interview with Chelsea official, James reveals that talks over the new contract began about two months ago, and they were obviously helped right along with his (increasing) involvement in the first-team following off-season ankle surgery.
The faith shown in the youth by Lampard & Co has been tremendous, and the youth, by and large, have repaid that tremendously as well.
“In the Premier League, if you make a mistake you are punished. There are more quality players so you need to be a lot more alert and on the ball. Players are quicker and sharper.’
“It was a mistake by me for that [winning] goal [by West Ham at Stamford Bridge]. I thought as Aaron Cresswell is left-footed, maybe he is going to cross from the left but he cut back and I showed him too much on one side. But making a mistake and losing that game and then being in the starting line-up in the next game after shows great faith by the manager, and that game went well.”
-Reece James; source: Chelsea FC
With his pinpoint deliveries from the right flank, the 20-year-old is quickly making a name for himself, not just at Chelsea, but around the Premier League as well.
The future is indeed very bright, and hopefully very Blue.