Reece James could be tempted to join Real Madrid if Chelsea have another bad season.

That is according to journalist Dean Jones.

Reece James has been linked with a move to Real Madrid and Jones has told GiveMeSport that a transfer to the Spanish club will be hard to turn down if Chelsea continue to struggle.

“The Madrid interest in Reece James is nothing new,” the journalist said. “I know this has been there for a while now, and the player has been aware of it. But currently, his complete focus has been on Chelsea, getting fit and emerging as a leader in this squad.

“The only thing Chelsea should worry about is if this season goes badly. The player is committed, but if they have anything like a repeat of last term, and Madrid make the offer for James, he’s got a decision to make. Turning that down would not be easy.”

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AS recently reported that Real Madrid are looking at James as they plan for life after Dani Carvajal.

Reece James unlikely to leave Chelsea next summer

Honestly, it would be a shock if James left Stamford Bridge in 2024.

The right-back was just named Chelsea captain and signed a new long-term contract not too long ago, which is worth £250,000 a week, according to Spotrac.

Simply put, James looks happy in west London and Chelsea are in a position of strength after tying him down to a fresh deal.

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Things obviously have to improve on the pitch, though. If the Blues plan on sticking around in the bottom half of the table, then they will eventually lose their best players like James, with the England international being way too good for a 12th-placed team.

Had he not missed so many games last season because of injury, perhaps Chelsea would have finished a bit higher, and maybe they would be doing a bit better now if they had the defender available. He is certainly not a player Mauricio Pochettino will want to lose.

Malo Gusto has not been terrible in his absence, but the Argentine could do with his captain right now amid the Blues’ current struggles.

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