Young Chelsea defender Reece James has signed a new five-and-a-half year deal at Stamford Bridge according to reports on The Blues’ official website.

The 20-year-old Redbridge-born midfielder has made the breakthrough with the South West Londoners this season, making his senior debut in the 7-1 Carabao Cup third round victory over Sky Bet League Two club Grimsby Town at The Bridge in September.

James has since gone on to add a further 17 outings to his Chelsea tally while he has netted two goals this season. The youngster’s good performances have clearly impressed Blues boss Frank Lampard who has offered James a long term contract at Stamford Bridge, keeping the player at the club until summer 2025.

Chelsea signed James as a six-year-old and the player graduated as a professional in 2017. The full-back spent last season learning his trade on loan at Sky Bet Championship club Wigan Athletic. The player was a virtual ever-present for The Latics making 46 appearances in all competitions and scoring three goals.

James started the current campaign on the sidelines with an ankle injury but the player grasped his first team opportunity with two hands once it was offered to him and he looks set for a very bright career with boyhood club Chelsea.