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Chelsea defender’s injury record could prevent Real Madrid from pursuing him – report

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As we inch closer and closer to the summer transfer window, various media reports in Spain have claimed that Real Madrid will look to sign a new right-back. And, Chelsea star Reece James has been mentioned as one of the targets that the club are considering.

The England star has enjoyed a rapid rise to stardom over the past few years at Stamford Bridge which has put him on the radars of Real Madrid.

Given that Chelsea need to make sales this summer to balance their books after a crazy splurge in January, it has been reported that James could be available for a fee of around €50 million.

However, according to a report from AS, James’ track record with injuries could end up hurting his chances of joining Real Madrid, after the Englishman picked up yet another injury that has ruled him out for the season.

Only 23 years of age, James has endured quite an injury-riddled career at Chelsea, especially in the ongoing campaign.

The right-back missed a chunk of games in the first half of the season due to a knee injury and was not part of the England squad for the FIFA World Cup 2022 because of the same.

Soon after he returned to action post the World Cup break, James succumbed to yet another knee injury and missed a stretch of the season. Now, he is down with a thigh injury that has ruled him out for the remainder of the campaign.

Up until this point, James had already missed 18 games due to injury/fitness issues and will miss the remainder of Chelsea’s seven Premier League encounters.

Naturally, such a track record with injuries is bound to raise some concerns for Real Madrid, who are interested in signing him and were reported to be planning to make a significant investment to sign the 23-year-old.

With Dani Carvajal and Lucas Vazquez into their thirties, it is time for Los Blancos to lay down a succession plan at right-back. Whether they go after James or are discouraged by his latest injury setback remains to be seen.

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Real Madrid out-of-favour defender now unlikely to leave the club

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Real Madrid missed out on the signing of Leny Yoro after deciding not to match Manchester United’s offer for the 18-year-old defender.

With the French prodigy now on his way to the Premier League, Los Blancos are assessing their options before deciding whether to sign a new centre-back or not.

As things stand, the reigning champions of Spain and Europe seem to be leaning towards relying on their existing options rather than going into the market.

Jesus Vallejo unlikely to leave

As such, MARCA reports that the likelihood of Jesus Vallejo leaving the club have now significantly reduced.

Indeed, the 27-year-old out-of-favour defender now appears more and more likely to continue at Real Madrid beyond this summer.

Set to stay. (Photo by Angel Martinez/Getty Images)

Vallejo returned to the Santiago Bernabeu after finishing his loan stint at Granada during which he hardly played due to injury and fitness woes.

As such, reports suggested that Carlo Ancelotti & co. were not planning on counting on him next season, even though he was handed a new shirt number recently.

But with the Leny Yoro operation collapsing and Real Madrid not keen on recruiting anyone from the market at this point, the Spanish ace is now unlikely to leave the club.

With David Alaba still sidelined, Antonio Rudiger and Eder Militao will start the new season as the first-choice centre-back pairing and Vallejo will serve as the backup while Aurelien Tchouameni will also be an option.

Vallejo, for his part, wanted to stay put and see out his contract which expires in 2025. And, as things stand, it appears that the player will get his wish.

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