James ‘close to signing long-term deal with Chelsea’ as club look to secure his future and Mount’s

Reece James is close to agreeing a new long-term contract at Chelsea

Reece James is “close to signing a long-term deal with Chelsea” as the Blues look to secure the futures of the full-back and Mason Mount after a mammoth £278million summer spending spree.

  • Reece James is on the verge of signing a new long-term contract with Chelsea
  • The 22-year-old full-back came through the west London club’s academy
  • James has three years left on his current contract at Stamford Bridge
  • Chelsea are also said to be in talks with Mason Mount over a new deal

England international Reece James is close to signing a new long-term deal with Chelsea.

According to a report in The Times, the 22-year-old is currently in advanced negotiations for a new contract at Stamford Bridge with a deal to be announced in the coming days.

James was briefly linked with a move to Real Madrid ahead of the summer window, with former Blues manager Carlo Ancelotti said to be a big admirer of the defender.

Reece James is close to agreeing a new long-term contract at Chelsea

The 22-year-old has established himself as a key member of Thomas Tuchel’s squad

The club are also said to be interested in tying down Mason Mount to a new deal, after the midfielder picked up his second Chelsea player of the season award at the end of last season.

Mount and James are two of the shortest members of the current senior squad, both having been at Chelsea since their youth.

The club are keen to tie the futures of two key players to Thomas Tuchel. Mount last signed a deal in 2019 but has since won back-to-back Player of the Year awards at the club and has become an established player for Gareth Southgate’s England squad.

At a club that has often been criticized for its treatment of young players, James has proven to be an anomaly, and since graduating from the Chelsea Academy in 2018 he has established himself as a key figure at the club.

Chelsea are also said to be in talks with Mason Mount over a new contract

Chelsea are also said to be in talks with Mason Mount over a new contract

Since then, James has made 127 appearances in all competitions for the Blues and has been Thomas Tuchel’s starting eleven in all but one of the club’s Premier League games this season.

James recently signed a contract extension at Chelsea after breaking into the first team in 2020.

After an unprecedented summer season, the club are now looking to secure the long-term futures of some of the younger talents, with Armando Broja agreeing a six-year deal on Friday.

England youth international Harvey Vale has also committed his long-term future to the Blues, signing a three-year deal before joining Hull City on loan on Thursday.

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