James deal the latest landmark for Chelsea's young stars

Reece James signs new five-and-a-half-year deal with Chelsea

At the signing of the contract, James told the Chelsea official website: "I have been here most of my life and I would like to spend the rest of my career here".

James had to wait for his first-team opportunity in 2019-20, a season where fellow Blues youngster Tammy Abraham and Callum Hudson-Odoi have also made their mark.

And Chelsea have moved to secure his long-term future by signing a fresh deal that will keep him in west London for the forseeable future.

Chelsea has confirmed that their defender Reece James has committed his future to the club until the summer of 2025.

Having first signed forms to officially join Chelsea's academy at under-nine level, a new five-and-a-half-year senior contract for James is the realisation of long-held dreams.

James made his Blues debut in their Carabao Cup 7-1 victory over Grimsby Town in September 2019.

The defender scored a late equaliser to earn Chelsea a Champions League point against Ajax in a thrilling 4-4 draw at Stamford Bridge in November.

James has enjoyed a breakthrough season with his boyhood club this term, following a successful 2018-19 on loan at Wigan Athletic in the Championship.

Lampard and his assistant, former Chelsea youth coach Jody Morris, have given the club's local players a chance to shine with impressive results this season.

"He suffered an ankle injury in the summer while playing for England Under-20s at the Toulon Tournament but remained in Frank Lampard's plans despite a three-month spell on the sidelines and has started our past three games in all competitions".

Chelsea are now five points ahead of Manchester United in fourth place in the Premier League and James and Co.



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