Chelsea wing-back Reece James talks about the huge impact Cristiano Ronaldo has on him as a young player growing up in the youth ranks in west London.
Since coming out of the first team, James has been a regular starter at right wing-back and is needed as an attacking threat to the Blues.
The 22-year-old has contributed five goals and seven assists in 24 Premier League games so far this season, also battling injuries throughout.
Speaking at football.london, James revealed how much influence Cristiano Ronaldo has had on him and how much he views the Manchester United and Portugal legend.
“The way he manages himself, he’s a role model on and off the pitch. He wants the best for himself and his career, and that’s why he’s one of the best in the world in his late 30s. “
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On the subject of the 37-year-old, James goes on to talk about how important Thiago Silva is to the Blues.
“Everyone can see what he brings with him every step he takes on the pitch. He’s quality.
“He’s a good professional and a good man, he wouldn’t have played at age 37 at the highest level without him. He’s a good man, a good leader, and a good player.
“It helped a lot, and his experience helped a lot. He’s been in the game a long time and has played a lot of good games – and maybe a lot of bad games too. And that all helps.”
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