Reece James left very impressed by player Chelsea reportedly want to sign at World Cup yesterday

Defender Reece James took to Instagram to praise Jude Bellingham for his performance for England against Iran.

The Borussia Dortmund midfielder has been linked with a move to Chelsea next summer.

The teenager starred for his country on his World Cup debut, opening the scoring on the way to a 6-2 victory.

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While current Chelsea player Mason Mount certainly made an impact after being trusted with a start, it was Bellingham that captured all the headlines.

His performance brought him a lot of praise from pundits watching the game. One has already claimed that the price required to sign him will have shot up since his showing on the big stage.

He seems to have impressed James too, with the 22-year-old taking to Instagram to tell the Dortmund man just how good he was for England.

James praises Bellingham

James will likely be praying that he has the opportunity to be a teammate of Bellingham’s in the near future, not just for the international team.

Todd Boehly has reportedly inserted Chelsea firmly in the race to sign the teenager, with him likely to be the source of one of the greatest transfer sagas in recent history.

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If any of Europe’s elite teams were not already interested in a deal for Bellingham, last night’s display should have informed them what they could be missing.

Boehly has reportedly been working hard behind the scenes to get the Blues into a position where they can realistically get the deal done. It is widely believed that Liverpool and Real Madrid are still further along with their background work on the signing.

Nevertheless, the deal would be a sensational coup for Chelsea if they were to pull it off. However, they may feel more confident in any pursuits for his England teammate, Declan Rice.

Jack is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has freelanced for The Athletic and The Sun. Jack has reported live from Premier League and Championship grounds, whilst also being published in the Non League Paper.