Reece James provides clear update on Chelsea future amid Real Madrid transfer links

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Reece James has delivered the clearest update on his Chelsea future to date.

One of the club’s leading players, the England international had previously been touted as somewhat of a surprise target for the likes of Manchester City and Real Madrid, with James’ contract currently due to expire in the summer of 2025.

The last time the 22-year-old was rewarded with a new deal was back in 2020 and the academy graduate has only improved from there.

During a season in which Thomas Tuchel’s side struggled to match the firepower of Liverpool and Manchester City, James’ 5 goals and 9 assists in only 22 Premier League starts proved invaluable in ensuring they did not drop out of the top four altogether.

The defender’s injury, picked up during a draw at home with Brighton in December, was seen as a major turning point in the club’s season as their title challenge collapsed.

Back to full fitness and in a further boost for Chelsea after Mason Mount also revealed he was eager to stay at Stamford Bridge, James told BBC Sport: “I grew up as a Chelsea fan and I’ve made my name playing here, the club I’ve always supported.

“I don’t see why anything would change. I play for Chelsea now and I’m enjoying it.”

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