Reece James has spoken out about his Chelsea future in a recent interview.
The 22-year-old has cemented himself as one of the brightest full-backs in the Premier League over the last few campaigns after breaking into the first-team under Frank Lampard.
As a result, James has seen himself linked with some top sides of late, including both Manchester City and Real Madrid.
However, when speaking on Monday, James was asked if he saw his long-term future at Chelsea and had this to say:
“I’d like to think so yeah. I grew up as a Chelsea fan and you know I made my name playing for Chelsea, the club I’ve always supported but I don’t see why anything would change,” James stated.
James had an excellent start to the 2022/23 season, which saw him score one and assist two in Chelsea’s opening three league games of the campaign.
However, James then suffered a hamstring injury in January which kept him out of a number of important games.
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On the other side of Chelsea’s defence, Ben Chilwell missed around half of the campaign due to injury, leaving the Blues severally lacking in creativity.
As a result, Chelsea never really challenged Manchester City and Liverpool for the league title, despite them being expected to do so at the start of the campaign.
Now though, James believes that Chelsea can be in and around the top of the table should they avoid any major injury woes:
“Last season, we had a lot of injuries,” said James. “Myself and others had long spells out and it affected the team a lot. Around Christmas we were on top of the table, injuries affected us. This season, if we stay fit & healthy. There’s no reason we can’t be in and around again”