Reece James sends two words to Mykhailo Mudryk on Instagram after training with him for the first time

Reece James has taken to Instagram to welcome new teammate Mykhailo Mudryk to Chelsea.

The pair have trained together for the first time as the 22-year-old enjoyed his first session as a Blue yesterday.

The winger was spotted warming up with the entire squad ahead of the big game this weekend against Liverpool.

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There was a notable absentee from the group of attackers. Kai Havertz, after scoring against Crystal Palace last weekend, was not seen with the squad.

Mudryk however was looking to take the first opportunity he had to impress his new teammates after his accelerated move to Stamford Bridge.

It had looked for all the world like the Ukrainian was headed to league leaders Arsenal, as they look to fine tune their squad for the title run-in in the second half of the season.

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However, it was across the capital where he was being introduced to his new set of supporters, amidst the 1-0 victory over Palace and the tributes to Gianluca Viall.

After his first session as a Blue, he took to Instagram to make his highly-anticipated first post since joining the side.

James was quick to respond, commenting: “Welcome brother”.

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The England international was also enjoying his first training session with the team since he fell to an unfortunate issue in the first game back against Bournemouth.

The match just after Christmas was his first one since the injury that ruled him out for the World Cup, but he only lasted just over 45 minutes before being ruled out for another few weeks.

His importance to the side is obvious. Any of the options who Graham Potter has tried to use in that role have failed to live up to the defensive and attacking class James provides.

Jack is a writer for The Chelsea Chronicle. He has been a part of GRV Media since June 2022. He has a First Class Honours degree in Football Journalism from the University of Derby, graduating in 2021. Jack has experience working freelance for The Sun and The Athletic, whilst also being published for the Non-League Paper and reporting for Burton Albion's academy side. He is a lifelong Chelsea fan and will debate with anyone about everything and anything football related. He also holds a passion for gaming and music, and thinks he knows every word to every Oasis song ever released