Reece James named Chelsea captain

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In a momentous announcement, Chelsea Football Club has unveiled Reece James as its new captain, a decision that encapsulates his deep-rooted connection to the club. Having entered the Blues’ Academy at a tender age of six, James emerges as the prime candidate to lead both on and off the field for the forthcoming season.

Expressing his elation, James remarked, “I’m so happy to take on the role and responsibility. I know I’ve got big shoes to fill because we have had huge captains here in the past, but I am excited.” This sentiment mirrors his profound understanding of the legacy of captains who’ve graced Stamford Bridge.

With a lifelong affiliation to Chelsea, having been part of the club since he was six years old, James reflects on the formidable journey through the Academy that has culminated in this monumental appointment. “To go on and become captain, it’s a great feeling for me and my family,” he shared with a sense of pride.

Mauricio Pochettino, the esteemed head coach, emphasized, “This is a decision taken by me and the club. We are very pleased Reece will captain the side this season.” Noting James’ exemplar leadership, Pochettino commended his unwavering commitment to Chelsea, which was evidently demonstrated throughout pre-season.

As James takes on the captain’s armband, he embraces the challenge with his unique approach and innovative ideas, a quality that resonates with the club’s ethos. Co-sporting directors Paul Winstanley and Laurence Stewart attested, “Reece’s connection with Chelsea has been forged over 17 years.” They lauded his profound understanding of the club’s traditions and the profound responsibilities that captaincy entails.

Highlighting his illustrious journey within Chelsea’s ranks, it’s important to note James’ triumphs in the Academy, including clinching the FA Youth Cup twice. The pinnacle of his Academy career saw him lead as captain to secure victory in 2018.

After a productive loan spell with Wigan Athletic, where he not only amassed 46 appearances but was also awarded Player of the Year and Player’s Player of the Year, James was seamlessly integrated into the Chelsea first team under Frank Lampard. His debut marked by a remarkable long-range strike against Grimsby Town and a noteworthy goal against Ajax in the Champions League.

James’ meteoric rise saw him play 37 times in his debut campaign, and an impressive 47 appearances in the subsequent season. His contributions were crucial in securing Chelsea’s second Champions League title, notably excelling in the final against Manchester City.

The subsequent season continued to witness James’ growth as he clinched the UEFA Super Cup and Club World Cup titles, while also solidifying his position within the England national team. Battling injuries last season, James displayed resilience and now enters the new season with vigour, thanks to his regular appearances in pre-season matches under Pochettino’s guidance.

With this new chapter in his storied career, Reece James embodies the captaincy role, a culmination of his unyielding dedication to Chelsea Football Club. As he steps onto the pitch donning the Chelsea blue, he carries not only the captain’s armband but also the aspirations and pride of the club and its faithful supporters.

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