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Reece James hopes to carry on playing for Chelsea next season and beyond despite reported interest from Real Madrid and Manchester City.
The Blues are already set for a busy transfer window without having to worry about other players leaving this summer after Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen exited on free transfers.
Marcos Alonso and Cesar Azpilicueta continue to get linked with returns to Spain too, while there has been speculation that Real and City like the look of James.
The Athletic reported at the end of May that Chelsea were ‘monitoring’ Paris Saint-Germain right-back Achraf Hakimi in case James left this summer with Man City and Real Madrid ‘admirers’ of the Blues right-back.
But James is still “enjoying” playing for Chelsea and doesn’t see himself moving on anytime soon.
When asked if he was likely to remain at Chelsea, James told the BBC: “I’d like to think so. I grew up as a Chelsea fan and I made my name playing for Chelsea the club I’ve always supported. I don’t see why that would change I play for Chelsea now and I’m enjoying it.”
There have been major changes at the club since Todd Boehly’s acquisition of the club but James is expecting a Premier League title challenge this season if they can keep players fit.
When asked if they would be able to compete with Man City and Liverpool – who finished well ahead of the chasing pack last term – next season, James added: “It’s an exciting time.
“Not much changes from the players or the management point of view. Our aim is still the same to win every competition we’re in and win every game. There’s no reason why we can’t do that.
“‘For sure last season we had a lot injuries. Myself and a lot of other players had long spells out. Around Christmas time we were top of the table and injuries affected us a lot.
“This season if our team can stay fit and healthy there’s no reason we can’t be in and around it again.”
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