Chelsea defender Reece James has penned a new contract with the Blues agreeing to a deal that will run until 2027, the club have confirmed, making him the highest-paid defender in the club’s history in the process.
The defender had already signed a long-term deal in 2020, but has agreed one on much better terms to reflect his increased importance to Thomas Tuchel’s side, with the former Wigan loanee now the hub of the Blues’ creativity.
The 22-year-old wing-back has made himself one of the first names on Thomas Tuchel’s teamsheet, and is perfectly comfortable at right centre-back in a back three. It is at wing-back that he truly thrives, however, with the Englishman a constant threat down the right flank when deployed there.
And James wasted no time discussing his happiness at Stamford Bridge, where he has been since he was six.
‘I am over the moon with my new contract and I’m thankful for the fans, the new ownership and everyone involved in the club. I cannot wait to see what the future holds, and I am sure we will have the chance of winning many trophies”, he told the in-house Chelsea media.
‘I grew up supporting this club and I’ve been here since I was a six-year-old. I put pen to paper on a new deal because this is the club I want to be at. I’d like to say a special thanks to the fans, I am here to stay and we have a bright future ahead of us.’
A Chelsea academy graduate, James has appeared 128 times for the Blues to date, and is one of the most important players at the club, with his contract length and salary reflecting that.
Todd Boehly added “We are thrilled to give Reece a new long-term contract at Chelsea. He is an outstanding player and a true Chelsea man, and we are all looking forward to watching him continue to flourish at Stamford Bridge.”