Reece James commits to Chelsea as England star agrees bumper new SIX-YEAR deal worth £250,000-a-week that makes him the highest-paid defender in their history
- Reece James, 22, has been a regular for Chelsea since the 2019-20 season
- Defender has committed to the Blues on a contract lasting six years until 2028
- James will receive a minimum of £250,000-a-week under the terms of the deal
- New owner Todd Boehly is determined to tie players under 25 to long contracts
Reece James has signed a bumper new Chelsea deal worth at least £250,000-per-week.
Chelsea’s negotiations over an improved contract for key defender James have reached a successful conclusion, with the 22 year-old putting pen to paper.
The agreement is a five-year deal, with the option of an extra one, and will make James the highest-paid defender in Chelsea’s history.
Reece James has committed to Chelsea by signing a six-year contract worth £250k-a-week
James, 22, has become an integral part of Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea team at right-back
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.’
Owner Todd Boehly said: ‘We are thrilled to give Reece a new long-term contract at Chelsea. He is an outstanding player and a true Chelsea man, and we are all looking forward to watching him continue to flourish at Stamford Bridge.’
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.
It will also make him one of the best-paid defenders in Europe.
Sportsmail reported last month that Boehly wanted to introduce a US-style contract policy for players under the age of 25, locking them into deals for as long as seven years.
James won the Champions League in 2020 when Chelsea defeated Man City in the final
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.
James now follows after his new deal was overseen by father Nigel, sports lawyer Udo Onwere and management agency USM.
Mason Mount and Edouard Mendy are two others also in talks over new Chelsea deals.
James has become a mainstay at Chelsea since making his first-team breakthrough during the 2019-20 season.
James made 37 appearances in that campaign across all competitions and 47 the following season.
Thomas Tuchel plays the defender regularly in the biggest domestic and European matches
He featured in 39 games last season, scoring six goals and contributing 11 assists.
James has started all five of Chelsea’s Premier League fixtures he has been available for so far this season, missing only the 2-1 defeat at Southampton last Tuesday.
He scored a goal in the 2-2 draw at home to Tottenham and contributed an assist in the 2-1 home win over Leicester.
James featured prominently during Chelsea’s victorious Champions League campaign in 2020-21 and has been capped 13 times for England since making his debut in a 3-0 friendly win over Wales in October 2020.
The defender is expected to be in Gareth Southgate’s squad for the World Cup in Qatar this winter.
He signed a contract through until 2025 not long after his 20th birthday in 2020 and his latest deal continues a commitment to a club he first played for aged six.