Blues defender Reece James has outlined what the club’s new owners have said to the Chelsea players while also sharing his excitement at Ben Chilwell’s return to action.

Chelsea changed ownership in May with a consortium led by Todd Boehly and Clearlake Capital Group taking control of the club.

Speaking from our American training base while away on pre-season tour, the England international opened up about life at the start of a new era at Stamford Bridge.

‘He [Todd Boehly] has spoken to everyone individually. The camp feels stable, and everyone is looking forward to next season under the new ownership,’ James said.

‘He said that not much is changing. He's here to win trophies and nothing changes from the club’s perspective.’

Reece’s impressive start to the 2021/22 season, in which he contributed four goals and four assists in his first nine Premier League appearances, was also mirrored by left wing-back Ben Chilwell.

The pair started in scintillating form for Thomas Tuchel’s side, before a long-term knee injury kept the former out of club action for six months.

James is delighted to see his compatriot back to full fitness, and is pleased Chilwell was handed time on the pitch in the States to ramp up his recovery.

‘He had a significant injury last year and it is hard to be in the right frame of mind to keep on with your rehab,’ Reece said of the 25-year-old.

‘He’s done well to get back much quicker than he was meant to and he’s a great addition to have back and the start of the next season.’

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