Chelsea readying efforts to tie Reece James down for the long term

A fresh insight into the future of Chelsea star Reece James has been provided late on Friday.

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

Just this past 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 frustrations 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 today been eased.

This comes with it assured that negotiations between the two parties over the terms of a new contract have now been opened.

As per, amongst others outlets, Chelsea are ready to push forward with plans to afford the club's star full-back a vastly improved deal, ahead of next season.

This comes with new owner Todd Boehly understood to have identified James as integral to the Blues' project moving forward, with the renewal of his terms in west London, as a result, viewed as a priority.

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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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