Reece James provides update on stolen Champions League and Euro 2020 medals

Reece James has extra incentive to win a Champions League medal this season after having his prize one nicked.

And the Chelsea star, who lifted the lid on his break-in Hell, is determined to do just that.

James was playing in a 1-0 win over Zenit St Petersburg last month when his £2.5m Surrey mansion was broken into.

And the thieves, a gang of five masked men, also made off with his Euro 2020 runners-up and Super Cup winners medals.

The heartbroken England full back, who later branded the culprits “cowardly robbers”, said: “There’s no update. There’s no lead from the police or anyone.

“It’s obviously tough to take, someone breaking into my house and taking such valuable items.

“But there’s nothing I can really do. I’m going to just have to take it and move on. The medals would mean a lot to any player. To win a trophy is hard. It’s obviously tough.”

James expects to be in the team to face Malmo tonight as the reigning champions look to bounce back from their recent defeat to Juventus in the competition.

And he insists he won’t let crime pay by allowing himself to lose any sleep worrying about whether the culprits might return.

He said: “Nothing changes. It happened. It may well happen again. No-one knows.

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“It doesn’t affect how I prepare for the game. I still have the same routine, the same mindset.”

James, who is fit again after injury, admitted he was just lucky nobody was in the house at the time of the burglary.

He let fans know he was safe and well in an Instagram message shortly after the incident appealing for anyone with information to help “turn in these low-life individuals.”

The 21-year-old added that the perpetrators will “never be able to rest easy” as Surrey Police continue their efforts to track them down.

For now though, James is hellbent on putting the affair behind him as Thomas Tuchel’s men return to Champions League action.

Chelsea will have to improve dramatically if they want to defend their title, as they have not been at their best in recent games.

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But James insists their best is yet to come as players grow into the campaign after a busy summer.

James said: “The last few games haven’t been of the highest level from us. But there’s still a long way to go this season.

“Once we start winning and finding form and picking up momentum I believe our performances will get better.”

Despite his young age James has already played over 150 senior games in his budding career.

And he admits he and some of his teammates are feeling the strain after going all the way last season and then playing in the Euros.

James said: “It’s a very busy schedule. But everyone wants to dedicate our lives to it to have the best career.”

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