Chelsea tie down another of their young stars as defender Reece James pens a five-year deal worth £25MILLION
- Chelsea defender Reece James has signed a new contract until summer of 2025
- James has made 18 appearances so far during impressive breakthrough season
- The right-back has stepped up for Chelsea after a fruitful loan spell at Wigan
Chelsea have tied down Reece James on a bumper new five-and-a-half year deal worth up to £25m.
James has been rewarded for making his Chelsea breakthrough with an improved contract that runs until 2025.
He will earn a basic of £80,000-per-week and guaranteed £20m over the course of the deal.
Chelsea youngster Reece James (pictured with director Marina Granovskaia) has signed a new contract that runs until the summer of 2025 and is worth nearly £25million
James has produced some impressive displays for Chelsea during his breakthrough season
With bonuses his weekly wage will rise to around £100,000-a-week and his camp have negotiated a deal will make him one of the best paid young defenders in world football.
James, 20, starred at Wigan last season and has built on that by becoming a part of Frank Lampard’s first team this term.
James has made 18 appearances this term and would have made more were it not for injury, particularly an ankle problem that delayed his senior debut until the end of September, when he scored in Chelsea’s 7-1 Carabao Cup hammering of Grimsby.
James has followed in the footsteps of fellow academy graduates Callum Hudson-Odoi, Mason Mount, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Fikayo Tomori and Billy Gilmour, who have also committed their futures to Chelsea since Lampard’s appointment.
James is one of several Chelsea prospects to have signed a new long-term contract recently
James’ lucrative new contract makes him one of the best paid young defenders in the world
Chelsea have also been in discussions with striker Tammy Abraham over an extension to his deal which expires in 2022.
James, who joined Chelsea aged eight, said: ‘It has been my dream to be here at Chelsea and play week in week out and to have a contract for another five-and-a-half years is living the dream again.
‘I have always wanted to be here and another five-and-a-half years means a lot to me and a lot to my family.
‘There are a few of us playing in Chelsea’s first team now who have all come through the academy at the same time and that’s great.
‘It shows how well the academy brought us through and how well we are doing.’