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Reece James set to sign new Chelsea contract that will make him highest-paid defender in the club's history

Nasir Jabbar

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Reece James set to sign new Chelsea contract that will make him highest-paid defender in the club's history

Reece James is set to sign a new long-term contract at Chelsea that will make him the highest-paid defender in the club's history.

The 22-year-old has agreed terms on a bumper new deal following talks with owner Todd Boehly, according to The Athletic.

He's expected to officially put pen-to-paper on the multi-year contract within the next few days and commit his future to the Stamford Bridge outfit.

Image: Alamy
Image: Alamy

In doing so, James will become the highest-paid defender in the club's history.

The right-back currently earns a reported £58,000-a-week, but his new deal will see him pocket a wage in excess of £200,000-a-week.

Summer signing Wesley Fofana, who joined Chelsea from Leicester City in a transfer worth £70 million, is understood to be earning £200,000-a-week.

But James is set to be on a higher wage package than his new French teammate once he signs his new Chelsea contract.

He's also set to earn more than club legends John Terry and Ashley Cole.

Image: Alamy
Image: Alamy

James has become a key player for Chelsea following his loan spell at Wigan Athletic in the 2018/19 season.

He's been an ever-present since making his debut for the club in 2019.

James is widely regarded as one of the best right-backs in world football, having been a consistent performer over the years.

He's also an England regular, making his international debut in 2020 - earning 13 caps in his career.

Featured Image Credit: Alamy/Instagram

Topics: Chelsea, Football, Reece James, Todd Boehly

Nasir Jabbar
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