Chelsea have reportedly issued a “hand off” warning to Premier League champions Manchester City and say that Reece James is not for sale and remains an integral part of their team.
Report by The Athletic, claimed City boss Pep Guardiola is keen on strengthen his defensive unit with the highly-rated England defender, who is capable of operate in several positions from defensive options with including centre-back and middle of the park.
The 21-year-old right-wing back has become an instrumental player at Stamford Bridge across the past two campaigns – making 84 appearances across all competitions and helping the Blues this season’s Champions League title.
His stellar performances in last two campaign especially eye-catching display in Chelsea’s last two encounter with Manchester City, caught the eye of City boss Pep Guardiola, who is a huge admirer of the right wing-back.
However, it’s understood that Chelsea have no intention of sell the Englishman, who keeping Raheem Sterling quiet during the crucial end-of-season fixtures.
James, who’s ability skillset of providing excellent defensive cover alongside an attacking threat, has a contract at Chelsea through to the summer of 2024.