Reece James is ‘close to signing a long-term deal with Chelsea’ – as Blues look to secure the futures of the wing-back and Mason Mount after a colossal £278MILLION summer spending spree
- Reece James is reportedly close to signing a long-term new contract at Chelsea
- The 22-year-old wing-back came through the academy at the west London club
- James has three years remaining on his current contract at Stamford Bridge
- Chelsea are also said to be negotiating with Mason Mount for a new deal
England international Reece James is reportedly close to signing a new long-term deal at Chelsea.
According to a report from The Times, the 22-year-old is currently in advanced negotiations for a new contract at Stamford Bridge with a deal said to be announced in the coming days.
James was briefly linked with a move to Real Madrid before the summer window, with former Blues boss Carlo Ancelotti said to be a keen admirer of the defender.
Reece James is reportedly close to agreeing a new long-term contract at Chelsea
The 22-year-old has established himself as a key member of Thomas Tuchel’s team
The club are also said to be keen on tying down Mason Mount to a new deal, after the midfielder collected his second Chelsea Player of the Season award at the end of last season.
Mount and James are two of the lowest paid members of the current senior squad with both having been at Chelsea since their youth.
The club are keen to tie down the futures of two key players to Thomas Tuchel. Mount last signed a deal in 2019 but since then has won back-to-back player of the year awards at the club as well as becoming an established player for Gareth Southgate’s England team.
At a club that has often been criticised for its handling of young players, James has proven to be an anomaly, and since graduating from the Chelsea Academy in 2018 has established himself as a key figure at the club.
Chelsea are also said to be in negotiations with Mason Mount over a new contract
Since then, James has made 127 appearances in all competitions for the Blues, and has been Thomas Tuchel’s starting XI for all but one of the club’s Premier League games this season.
James most recently signed a contract extension at Chelsea after breaking into the first team in 2020.
After a unprecedented summer spending spree, the club now look to secure the long term future of some of the younger talents, with Armando Broja agreeing a six-year deal on Friday.
England youth international Harvey Vale has also pledged his long-term future to the Blues, signing a three-year deal before joining Hull City on loan on Thursday.