James says he is ‘sure’ Chelsea will win ‘many trophies’ after penning new contract

Date published: Monday 5th September 2022 12:56 - News Desk

Reece James during a match

Reece James is “over the moon” after signing a new five-year contract to keep him at Chelsea until 2027.

The England international has made 128 appearances for the Blues, scoring 10 goals, after coming through the Premier League club’s academy.

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He helped Chelsea win the Champions League in 2021 and, having also been a three-time FA Cup runner-up and a Carabao Cup finalist, is targeting further silverware in west London.

“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,” James told Chelsea’s website.

“I cannot wait to see what the future holds, and I am sure we will have the chance of winning many trophies.

“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. We have a bright future ahead of us.”

Wing-back James has 13 international caps and was part of the England squad which reached the final of the rearranged Euro 2020 tournament.

The 22-year-old was reportedly a long-term target for Real Madrid, with his previous deal due to expire in 2024.

Chelsea chairman Todd Boehly said: ‘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.”

The club’s co-controlling owners Behdad Eghbali and Jose E. Feliciano added: “Reece is a very special footballer. His blend of physical and technical ability is a huge asset to our team now and for many years to come.”

There is the option for a further year in James’ new contract.

After a busy summer transfer window, tying James down to a long-term contract may be the best business the new Chelsea ownership has conducted during their short time in west London.

The Blues signed Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Denis Zakaria on deadline day but were unable to land 19-year-old Russian midfielder Arsen Zakharyan from Dynamo Moscow.

Former Arsenal forward Andrey Arshavin has told Zakharyan to pursue a move to Stamford Bridge.

“I’m not upset that Zakharyan’s transfer to Chelsea failed,” Arshavin reportedly said.

“Well, he will join in January. At first, he will not be starter, but then he will be. He must join Chelsea.”

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