Borussia Dortmund midfielder Jude Bellingham has taken to Instagram to praise Reece James for his performance against AC Milan in the Champions League last night.

The 22-year-old produced an unbelievable display when it mattered most at Stamford Bridge, providing a goal and an assist in the dominant 3-0 win over the Serie A champions.

The Blues were in desperate need for the win last night, with their dire start to the group stage putting the pressure on this back-to-back set of games against Milan.

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On a gameweek where England rival Trent Alexander-Arnold reminded everyone of his quality against Rangers, James’ attacking returns will have no doubt done him no harm as he looks to nail down a starting place at next month’s World Cup.

He also defended resolutely against Rafael Leao, although the Portugal international’s quality was certainly on display as the Blues crowd got their first look at one of their biggest transfer targets.

Bellingham amazed by James

Another player the club want to sign is Bellingham, who described James as ‘this guy’ when commenting on his Instagram post following his player of the match performance.

The Blues are reportedly working hard to play catch-up with some of the world’s best sides in doing behind the scenes grafting around the 19-year-old.

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The superstar talent wrote his name into the Champions League history books last night, as he became the youngest captain to score in the competition.

With Liverpool, Real Madrid and Manchester City all being named as potential destinations for Bellingham to land at, the fight for his signature is not going to be easy.

Plus, if he has a strong World Cup starting next month, the price tag could continue to rise, potentially giving Chelsea and their new money an advantage over some of the other clubs interested.

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