Reece James is happy with his growth at Chelsea.
The Chelsea full-back feels like he is in the best shape of his career.
He told the club’s website: “Physically I’m feeling good. Last season I had an injury at the start of the season so it took a while getting into it, but this season I’m happy with the amount of games I’ve played so far.
“Being in and around the team right from the start, it always helps. Coming into the season late, when the team’s doing well, is always tough, so being there from the start, from the get-go, is always easier and helps you gel quicker.
“I’ve always been quite a strong and powerful boy, but getting faster and stronger and tougher is not going to make me a worse player, so I’ve always tried to improve on it wherever I can and hopefully it transfers onto the pitch.
“I worked on chesting the ball quite a lot when I was a younger lad coming through in the Academy, but I don’t know, if the ball comes to my chest, I control it with my chest. It’s not something I really think about or do deliberately. Because I practised, now I do it without thinking, I’m suppose I’m just very comfortable controlling it on my chest and bringing it down.”
On the season run-in, James added: “The target this season is, come the end of the season, to have trophies. The aim of the club and everyone here is to win titles and we’re still in many competitions. We need to keep up our good form and keep working together as a team and hopefully we can achieve that.
“I think wherever you learn anything, you can always take it wherever you go, no matter the situation. In football, many situations, they always reoccur, and I just have to take the experience from what I’ve learned and what I’ve got and use it in the challenges that are going to come up towards the end of this season.”