Ben Chilwell admits he was ‘surprised’ by Reece James’ ability after he joined Chelsea and says the 21-year-old is an ‘unbelievable’ talent.
Chilwell and James have quickly formed a key part of Chelsea’s new-look defence this season.
But the £50 million summer signing from Leicester City has been even more impressed by James’ ability since making the move to Stamford Bridge.
‘I knew how good Reece was before I came here but I just wanted to say how much he’s surprised me,’ Chilwell told The Guardian.
‘He’s unbelievable, especially for 20 years old. He’s a brilliant player. He’s powerful but quick with it.
‘He’s very difficult to play against because of how physical he likes to be against his opponents.’
‘What I’m finding quite interesting is the confidence of the group,’ said the England international.
‘There doesn’t seem to be any drop off at any stage and hopefully that will continue for the rest of the season because we have a great squad. The positive thing is we don’t get carried away.
‘When we won the league with Leicester in 2016, when I was fortunate enough to be in the squad at 18 or 19 years old, what I found was that the boys were going into every game confident they were going to win.
‘At the moment with Chelsea that’s what the group feels like.
‘I knew the expectations are to win titles and trophies. That’s the reason I wanted to come.
‘I’m 23 years old and it was important to come to a club where hopefully I can win stuff. The manager makes sure the standards don’t slip. We all see how hard he works and it rubs off on us.’