DONE DEAL: Chelsea sign Reece James’ sister

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Chelsea Women have completed the singing of young forward, Lauren James.

The 19-year-old frontwoman joins Chelsea on a four-year contract from Manchester United.

She was part of the Chelsea Academy from Under-10s to Under-14s and re-joins the side ahead of the 2021/22 Barclays FA Women’s Super League season.

After a stint on the Chelsea books, the forward made her debut for Arsenal aged 16 in October 2017 before signing her first professional contract for Manchester United in July 2018.

James, sister of Blues defender Reece James, managed to find the back of the net on 14 occasions in 18 league appearances to help United win promotion to the top flight of women’s football.

The English footballer’s performances were rewarded with a call-up to the England Under-19 squad for the 2019 UEFA Under-19 Championship.

“It’s a great feeling to come back home, to a great club, the club I started at the age of six,” James said on signing for Chelsea.

“To be able to play for the first team now and come back here to Emma and the rest of the group is a great feeling.

“I’m excited to get started and I can’t wait to meet all the fans at Kingsmeadow when the new season kicks in.”

Meanwhile, Chelsea manager Emma Hayes added: “Lauren is an exciting, young talent who we have admired for a while.

“When the opportunity came up to sign her, we felt now was the right time to bring her back to the club.

“We’re excited to see how she develops in the coming years and look forward to welcoming her to pre-season training.”

By FARPost Reporter