Reece James reportedly left a very good impression upon the Real Madrid scouting team following Chelsea’s narrow Champions League exit.
According to Bernabeu Digital, James passed his examination on Tuesday with ‘flying colours’, as those with clipboards and note pads were enthralled by the defender’s display.
The England international enjoyed an excellent and entertaining battle with Vinicius Junior pretty much all evening.
Fans would’ve feared for the full-back after he received a yellow card just ten minutes into the match for a foul on Vinicius.
However, this only steadied James’ mind, ensuring every challenge was perfectly timed.
James had Vinicius under control
By the end of the two hours, the 22-year-old had recorded a game-high eight tackles and committed just two fouls (stats provided by WhoScored.com).
Meanwhile, the numbers from his direct opponent depicted a story of frustration, mainly caused by Chelsea’s right-back.
Vinicius failed to have a single shot, completed one key pass, was dispossessed four times and had three unsuccessful touches.
For a player with 17 goals and 17 assists this season, that is a pretty poor return.
James can be thanked for dampening the Brazilian’s fire, thus earning the respect of the Madrid scouts.
Apparently, they have been tracking him for months, finally able to see him live and in the flesh.
They were clearly not disappointed.
Will Madrid make a move for Reece?
Bernabeu Digital claim the scouts will relay their positive reports to the ‘general manager and his work team’ in the next few days.
Madrid might want to take advantage of Chelsea’s uncertain situation in regards to their owners.
Roman Abramovich’s replacement should be announced by next week.
Certain members of Thomas Tuchel’s squad are standing on tenterhooks, desperate to find out the identity of their new boss.
Depending which of the candidates win the race, the futures of several players could be up in the air.
Whilst James isn’t likely to leave Stamford Bridge, Bernabeu Digital suggest if an offer came in from Los Blancos, he would consider an exit.
But you know what’s right, right Reece?
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