Lauren James extends Chelsea stay

Having already spent two seasons at Kingsmeadow since signing from Manchester United in 2021, Lauren James has signed a new long-term deal that will keep her at the club until 2027. The forward developed through the Chelsea Academy, but was offered her first professional deal at newly-formed United in 2017.

Since then, James has risen to claim superstar status and has been named in Sarina Wiegman’s England squad for the upcoming Women’s World Cup. Unfortunately for the youngster, her first year at Chelsea was disrupted by injuries – though she recovered well to appear eighteen times this season, scoring five goals.

Speaking to, James said that ‘I want to be the best version of me as a player and as a person, helping to inspire the next generation. It definitely feels like home and it’s always been the place I’ve wanted to be.

She went on to add that ‘I’ve always loved Chelsea. Even when I left and went on a different adventure for a few years, I always knew that I could come back here. I’ve always known that I wanted to play for Emma [Hayes]. I’m happy to be back here.

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