West London outfit Chelsea are reported to have rejected a bid from Brighton & Hove Albion to secure the signature of youngster Reece James ahead of the coming summer window.
Reece James has been on the radar of the EPL side but it is claimed that the Blues team are not ready to part ways with the young lads they have viewed him as a major part of the club’s future.
At 19, Reece James is yet to see a first team football in Chelsea before he was sent on loan but there are suggestions he would return soon with manager Maurizio Sarri looking to work with younger players after Callum Hudson-Odoi was forced on him.
It is claimed that the EPL team have already made an attempt with a £10 million to lure the West London outfit but that has not worked with the Blues team keen on keeping the star player.
Reece James only signed a four-year contract with the Blues team and there is no doubt that they will want him to see out his contract and graduate to playing in the Premier League with a first-team football.
Meanwhile, the Blues team will only hope that Reece James is encouraged by the wish of the team to keep him for the long term.