Reece James has extended his commitment to Chelsea by five years, keeping him with the team through 2027.
James will reportedly earn at least £250,000 a week under the terms of the deal he signed, making him the highest-paid defender in the team’s history.
A year-long extension option is also included in the contract.
James first began working out with Chelsea when he was just 6 years old, and after a brief stint with Fulham, he advanced through the club’s academy.
James’ outstanding work in the development ranks earned him a loan to Wigan. He later returned to Stamford Bridge and made his Chelsea debut against Grimsby in the League Cup in September 2019.
James eventually rose to prominence with Thomas Tuchel’s team, won the Champions League, and represented England internationally.
James stated of his new contract: “I am over the moon with it and I’m grateful for the supporters, the new ownership, and everyone connected with the team. I am excited to see what the future contains and know that there will be plenty of opportunities for us to win trophies.
“I have been a fan of this club since I was six years old, and I grew up doing so. Because this is the club I want to be at, I signed a new contract. We have a bright future ahead of us, and I’d like to express a special thank you to the fans,” he stated.
Real Madrid and Manchester City are rumored to have been closely monitoring James’ development at Stamford Bridge, so Chelsea was eager to tie him down to a new contract.
Reece has committed to the London club, and chairman Todd Boehly is happy about it, saying: “We are thrilled to award Reece a new long-term deal at Chelsea. He is a fantastic athlete and a great Chelsea supporter, and we are all eager to see him succeed at Stamford Bridge.