Helsea defender Reece James is set to sign a new contract next week with talks nearing completion and both sides happy with the outcome.
The Boehly-Clearlake scheme had made negotiations with the 22-year-old one of their priorities before taking over the club and they appear set to secure James’ long-term future.
It comes amid huge pressure from clubs like Real Madrid and Manchester City who were ready to take advantage of Chelsea letting their contract expire, with less than two years remaining on their current contract.
The defender was also paid well below market rate but the new owners were said to be key in keeping one of their star players.
Lawyers for the player and the club are finalizing the details of the deal and James is now expected to continue with his boyhood club. The right-back grew up supporting Chelsea and came through Cobham’s youth academy after joining the team aged six.
The news comes shortly after striker Armando Broja signed a new six-year deal which will see him stay at the club until 2028. There are plans to renew contracts for midfielder Mason Mount and goalkeeper Edouard Mendy in the coming weeks.
This follows criticism of the previous regime which let Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen walk away from Stamford Bridge to join Real Madrid and Barcelona on free transfers.
There are also midfield concerns with N’Golo Kante and Jorginho in the final year of their contracts.