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‘One of the best teams in the world’ Reece James sends bold Chelsea warning to rivals after January transfer spree



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Chelsea defender Reece James has sent a message to the Blues’ rivals after Graham Potter made eight signings during the January transfer window.

The Blues saw the likes of Joao Felix, Noni Madueke, Benoit Badiashile, Andrey Santos, Mykhailo Mudryk, Malo Gusto and Enzo Fernandez arrive in the winter.

Todd Boehly and Clearlake Capital backed their manager by committing to over £200 million in incomings during the window, and James believes it has been a boost to the squad.

Felix has already made his mark, despite only featuring twice since his loan move from Atletico Madrid.

The Portugal star was dismissed against Fulham on his debut but looked sharp in the opening 58 minutes before seeing red.

His return against West Ham United saw him strike an instant on-the-field relationship with fellow signing Enzo Fernandez as the two combined for Felix to score his first Chelsea goal.

While the Blues have been criticised for their spending spree in the January transfer window, James believes that the squad has been made stronger and can challenge to be one of the best teams in the world.

Speaking to Football Daily, James sent a strong warning to Chelsea‘s rivals over their future.

He said: “I don’t think there’s a trophy we can’t win.

“When that happens, I don’t know. With the team we’re building, the structure, all the young players… I think we’re going to be one of the best teams in the world.”

Potter’s side currently sit 10th in the Premeir League table on 31 points after a disappointing domestic campaign.

The Blues are also out of the FA Cup and League Cup, knowing that the Champions League is their only realistic chance of silverware this season.

Travelling to Germany this week, Chelsea face Borussia Dortmund in the round of 16 in the competition and will be seeking a good results from Signal Iduna Park.

While the process with Potter is clearly a long-term one, a good run in Europe will no doubt ease the pressure on the head coach and winning the competition could be Chelsea’s only way into Europe next season.

The match takes place on Wednesday, 14 February as the Blues visit Dortmund seeking a positive first-leg result.