Chelsea head coach Thomas Tuchel has, on Monday, provided an insight into his delight with news of key defender Reece James’ decision to sign a new contract with the club.
The subject of stopper James’ future, of course, has taken its place front and centre in the English media headlines over the course of the last 48 hours.
This came after word was forthcoming that the highly-regarded Blues academy product was primed to put an end to the speculation surrounding his name, courtesy of putting pen to paper on fresh terms at Stamford Bridge.
And as much was then confirmed earlier this afternoon, as Chelsea took to social media to announce that:
‘Chelsea Football Club is delighted to announce Reece James has signed a new six-year contract.’
Speaking to the media on Monday evening, it therefore came as little surprise when the subject of James’ future was put to the aforementioned Tuchel.
During a press conference ahead of his side’s Champions League return on Tuesday night, Chelsea’s boss was drawn on his star defender’s decision to stay put for the long-term.
And Tuchel was not shy in confirming his delight.
After first hailing James’ emergence as a ‘very decisive player’ for his side, the German tactician reiterated that he and all associated with the club are ‘happy to have a key player for so many years’ to come:
“He’s a very decisive player for us, academy player for us. His development is far from over, a lot to come. We are happy to have a key player for so many years.”