Chelsea defender Reece James has committed his future to the club after signing a five-year deal that keeps him at the club until 2027. The agreement is a five-year deal and will make James the highest-paid defender in Chelsea’s history.
Reece James said: ‘I am over the moon with my new contract and I’m thankful for the fans, the new ownership and everyone involved in the club. I cannot wait to see what the future holds, and I am sure we will have the chance of winning many trophies.
‘I grew up supporting this club and I’ve been here since I was a six-year-old. I put pen to paper on a new deal because this is the club I want to be at. I’d like to say a special thanks to the fans, I am here to stay and we have a bright future ahead of us.’
Securing the long-term futures of their most important players was among the top priority of the Todd Boehly-Clearlake Capital consortium following their Chelsea takeover.
James was part of the group of players on their list and his importance has been reflected in the size of his new contract.
Boehly’s new method is to give young players bumper offers for longer terms somewhat like the US contract style used in MLB. New signings Marc Cucurella and Carney Chukwuemeka signed up for six years and Wesley Fofana seven.
Armando Broja also extended his Chelsea stay by six years when he signed a new deal on Friday.
Mason Mount and Edouard Mendy are two others also in talks over new Chelsea deals.