According to a report from Mirror, Real Madrid are plotting a move for Chelsea captain Reece James in 2024. The England international is admired by Bernabeu chiefs, who want to find a long-term successor to Dani Carvajal. The 23-year-old right-back is understood to be happy at Chelsea, having just been given the armband by new manager Mauricio Pochettino.
James’ Outstanding Performance For Chelsea Last Season
James delivered a series of noteworthy performances while occupying the right side of Chelsea’s defensive line during the previous season. Despite this, his efforts couldn’t secure consistent results for the West London club in the Premier League. Throughout the campaign, the 23-year-old contributed two goals and provided two assists in 24 matches for the Blues, participating in various competitions.
The talent hailing from London proved to be a positive asset at both defensive and offensive ends, as evident from his average of 1.9 tackles, 0.8 interceptions, 1.3 clearances, 1.0 shots, 1.3 key passes, and 1.4 dribbles per game in the Premier League. Impressively, his accuracy in distributing the ball stands at 90.7%, having successfully completed such passes in league matches (data sourced from whoscored).
His existing contract with the West London club is set to expire in the summer of 2028. As a result, securing his services at a lower cost next year would pose a challenge for Real Madrid and the Blues might be reluctant to sell.
Will Pochettino Sanction His Exit?
James excels in ball retrieval through well-timed tackles, swiftly identifying threats to regain possession for his team within his own half. When opponents mount pressure, he adeptly clears the lines to relieve danger. While his primary role is that of a right-back, he demonstrates adaptability to operate as a center-back or even as a right-sided wide player, subject to managerial instruction.
The English full-back showcases a knack for orchestrating promising opportunities for his teammates and exhibits proficiency in dribbling. Additionally, he possesses the ability to unleash powerful and accurate shots from a distance.
Anticipating James’ inclusion under the stewardship of Chelsea’s Mauricio Pochettino, we can expect a significant enhancement in defensive quality. Should he remain free from injuries, he could play a pivotal role for the Blues in the upcoming season and contribute to potential silverware, given the team’s revamped composition.
At the age of 23, James is poised for continuous improvement in the forthcoming seasons, rendering him a promising investment. Consequently, retaining him at Stamford Bridge aligns logically with Chelsea’s interests.