'I grew up as a Chelsea fan': 22-year-old says he doesn't want to leave Stamford Bridge, despite links to PL rivals

Reece James insists he wants to stay at Chelsea when quizzed about his long-term future at Stamford Bridge.

James, 22, is a Blues fan favourite that’s gone on the journey from the Cobham academy to a key figure in the current first team.

However, the England defender has actually been linked with rival clubs.

It’s been reported Premier League rivals Manchester City, along with Champions League and La Liga winners Real Madrid, are both admirers of Chelsea’s right wing-back. The London club do plan to give James a new improved contract to keep him, though.

It’s quite the compliment when two of the best teams around want to sign you.

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Reece James insists he wants Chelsea stay

Any worried Chelsea fans should be able to relax a little bit more when they hear comments this week from the player himself.

James has explained that his focus is on remaining at his boyhood club, who he grew up supporting.

“I’d like to think so, yeah,” he responded to the BBC Sport when asked if he views his long-term future at Chelsea.

“I grew up as a Chelsea fan and made my name playing for Chelsea, the club I’ve always supported. I don’t see why anything would change.

“I play for Chelsea now and I’m enjoying it.”

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Future captain?

Yes, James should be in the mix to be Chelsea skipper further down the line.

The Blues full-back has the perfect temperament on the pitch with a balance between calm and aggression in the correct moments.

He’s a Chelsea fan that absolutely loves the club, too.

There aren’t too many in the current squad you would bank on to start most games next season, but he’s definitely one of the few ever-presents in Thomas Tuchel’s line-up.

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A sports journalist who graduated from Staffordshire University in 2016 and is a Chelsea supporter. Loves anything football or cricket related when it comes to England.