Reece James endured a challenging start to his time under Mauricio Pochettino due to injuries, but Chelsea’s captain has recently returned from the treatment room.
Todd Boehly and Mauricio Pochettino have conveyed a clear message to Real Madrid in preparation for the upcoming transfer window. Reece James has been the subject of significant transfer speculation, with links to a move to the Santiago Bernabeu as a potential replacement for Dani Carvajal at right-back.
During their journey to becoming Champions League winners in 2021, Chelsea defeated Los Blancos in the semi-finals, and Reece James left a lasting impression. A year later, the two teams met again in the quarter-finals, and while James’ side did not win, reports from Spain suggested that Real Madrid’s scouts were impressed by his performances and considered him a potential future replacement for Carvajal.
Since then, Reece James has signed a new long-term contract that ties him to Stamford Bridge until 2028. Nevertheless, Carlo Ancelotti is eager to acquire another England international following the success of Jude Bellingham.
Earlier this season, the Spanish publication Sport reported that Real Madrid had not abandoned their pursuit of the academy graduate from Cobham. However, Chelsea’s owners, board, and Pochettino all consider Reece James to be a crucial part of their project, according to Fabrizio Romano.
The report indicates that the player, valued at £34.9 million, remains committed to the west London club. When asked about a potential move to the Spanish capital by BBC Sport in July 2022, Reece James responded, “I’d like to think [my future is at Stamford Bridge].
“I grew up as a Chelsea fan, and I made my name playing for Chelsea, the club I’ve always supported. But I don’t see why anything would change. I play for Chelsea now, and I’m enjoying it.
“It is an exciting time. Not much changes from the players or the management’s point of view. I still want to win every competition and every game. There’s no reason why we can’t do that.”
Then, in July 2023, on The Beautiful Game podcast, Reece James’s father shared his perspective on Real Madrid’s interest and his initial thoughts on a possible transfer to the Santiago Bernabeu. He stated, “I was just amazed.
“I don’t read things anymore, because until someone calls my phone or informs the people I work with about the deal, I don’t take it seriously. Reece is a top player, so I’m sure most clubs would want to sign him, but for now, I don’t see anything changing.”