'Showed me the way': Reece James posts heartfelt response after 25-year-old Chelsea player confirms he's leaving

Reece James posted a heartfelt message after Charly Musonda confirmed he’s leaving Chelsea this summer.

Musonda, who’s been on Chelsea’s books for a decade, is finally departing when his contract expires this summer.

The 25-year-old attacker made just seven first-team appearances for the Blues across the 10 years, spending a lot of his time out on loan after coming through the academy.

His injury-hit career has always held him back from reaching his potential, but let’s hope he can find success elsewhere moving forward.

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Musonda announced on his Instagram that he will now be leaving west London.

The Belgian winger has received an eye-catching response from Chelsea and England star James, who reveals how much he helped him when he was making a breakthrough at Stamford Bridge.

“Good luck brother. You took me under your wing when I was in the academy and showed me the way. Memories for a lifetime. Thank you always,” James said on his Instagram story.

There’s lots of players who don’t quite manage to carve out a successful career for themselves at Chelsea, but Musonda’s left a small mark at least.

James, 22, has grown into one of the outstanding players in Thomas Tuchel’s current Blues squad.

It’s a great place to be right now in the club’s academy seeing a path to the first team, especially as you can lean on individuals that have gone from the youth team to the senior group.

Chelsea boss Tuchel claims wing-back James has “everything” to his game and can be one of the very best around.

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