CHELSEA starlet Reece James has signed his first professional contract.
The 17-year-old utility man, who joined the Blues at the age of six, was attracting interest from Manchester United in November.
He is in his first season as a scholar at Stamford Bridge after making his debut for the club’s Under-18s last term.
After putting pen to paper, James took to Instagram and said: “Dream Come True… To Have Signed My First Professional Contract With Chelsea FC.”
James trained with Antonio Conte’s first team earlier this season and started the EFL Trophy win against League One side Oxford in November.
The Daily Mail reported that United and Bundesliga club RB Leipzig were closely following his development.
Chelsea assistant head of youth development Jim Fraser told the club’s website in June: “Reece has been training with us since the age of six after training at our Cobham development centre.
“He started out as more of a striker before moving back into midfield and played most of last season at right-back or in midfield.