John Terry has tweeted his delight at Chelsea announcing Reece James has signed a new contract at the club.
The new American owners made securing the 22-year-old’s long-term future at the club one of their priorities when they came in, with them being reportedly shocked at where he sat in the club’s pay scale.
He, alongside midfielder Mason Mount, were two of the lowest paid members of the club’s first team, clearly not a reflection of their importance on the pitch.
Mount has been determined as the club’s most valuable player on the transfer market, however James’s importance to the side was on full display when he was forced to miss the Southampton game through illness, where the club fell to a shock 2-1 defeat.
Today it appears the Blues have been willing to reward the wing-back with a new long-term contract at the club, which is set to be a six-year deal, with an option of an extra one.
Terry reacts to James’ new contract
Club legend Terry is clearly delighted with the news, taking to social media to show his appreciation for the club’s long-term thinking.
He said: I love this Chelsea, Congratulations Reece James.
Invest and build the squad, but also secure the futures of our homegrown players. Mason Mount next.
James has already provided a goal and an assist this season for the Blues, despite spending a large part of the campaign as a member of the club’s back three as Thomas Tuchel waited for the perfect option to feature at right-centre-back.
He has now achieved this in Wesley Fofana, with the big-money signing impressing in his debut against West Ham at the weekend.
This should now allow James to excel in his attacking play, with his creativity from wide rivalling the best in the league.