Marina Granovskaia has already dropped Reece James Chelsea hint amid Real Madrid ‘priority’

Chelsea manager Marina Granovskaia has already told Reece James that he could stay in west London for many years despite transfer links with Real Madrid. It has been suggested that the Spanish giants are considering a move for the academy prospect.

Defensa Central have reported that Los Blancos are prioritizing his services as they aim to strengthen the right side of their defence. Dani Carvajal is currently heading into the twilight of his career, while Lucas Vazquez has never been seen as an orthodox right-handed defender.

A move for James would certainly make sense then, with the Englishman having attracted attention at Stamford Bridge. However, Blues manager Marina Granovskaia has already dropped a huge hint about his immediate and long-term future.

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Speaking after the defender signed a new contract in 2020, she said: “Reece began his football education with us when he was six years old and his performances on loan at Wigan last season. [2018/19] paved the way for a good start to his career in the Chelsea team.

“We are very pleased that he now has the perfect opportunity to build on this and become a major player for us for many years to come.”

Despite continuing injury problems this season, James has once again been a key part of the squad under current boss Thomas Tuchel. He made 30 appearances in all competitions, scoring six goals and providing seven assists.

The 22-year-old also played all 210 minutes in Chelsea’s Champions League clash with Real Madrid this season, as the defending champions endured a heartbreaking exit at the Santiago Bernabeu. He was called upon to play a variety of roles, including being given a more attacking mission in the first leg, before being deployed at the heart of a three-man defense in Spain.

James’ current contract is expected to last until the summer of 2025, while he is currently valued at a price of £49.5million by transfermarkt.

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