Chelsea boost: Major Reece James future update surfaces

The Blues youth product looks set to put an imminent end to the speculation surrounding his name

A major update on the future of Chelsea star Reece James has come to the fore late on Friday night.

James, of course, has long established himself as an integral member of Thomas Tuchel’s squad in west London.

Just last season, for example, an evident dip in Chelsea’s performances was noted upon the stopper being forced into an extended spell on the sidelines, with James’ ability on both sides of the ball sorely missed throughout the Blues’ ranks.

And yet, to this point, those in a position of power at Stamford Bridge have failed to reward the Cobham youth product with the kind of financial terms reflective of his key status.

It is understood that James’ current contract, penned back in early 2020, sees the English international take home around £70,000-per-week.

Such a figure makes the 22-year-old one of the lowest-earning members of Chelsea’s senior squad.

And it is precisely this fact which, over recent months, had begun to give rise to doubts surrounding James’ future.

Amid interest on the part of European champions Real Madrid, it was suggested that James could seek out a Stamford Bridge exit, owing to frustration over Chelsea’s failure to adequately recognise his immense talents.

As alluded to above, though, any such fears on the part of the Blues faithful regarding a potential departure for the club’s defensive star have tonight been firmly shut down.

This comes amid widespread confirmation that James is on the verge of committing his long-term future to Chelsea.

As per the reliable Nizaar Kinsella, amongst others, the 13-time capped international is ‘close to signing a new long-term deal’.

Todd Boehly, the new man in charge in west London, is understood to have proven crucial to getting negotiations between the two parties back on track.

James’ fresh terms, expected to feature a considerably pay rise, could even be announced as early as next week.

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Conor Laird

Conor Laird

Die-hard Juventus fan with a love for all things Italian, and a real soft spot for Arsenal cult heroes. Emmanuel Eboue, Nicklas Bendtner, Philippe Senderos... Give them all statues outside the Emirates.

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