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Chelsea captain Azpilicueta welcomes playing battle with James

Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta has welcomed competition at fullback from Reece James.

The Spaniard has not featured in the Premier League since mid-October, mainly because of James' excellent form down Chelsea's right side.

But Azpilicueta said: “I've known Reece for a long time, since he was in the academy, and I saw his potential.

“He went to Wigan on loan, he did amazing. He came back and he was an important player already, playing in the first team.

“He has been scoring goals, giving assists, with a great level of confidence. I'm pleased for him — he's a great talent.

“I always try to help him in any way I can.

"I think it's natural when you play in Chelsea, at the moment the best team in Europe and always fighting for trophies.

“You have competition, players coming in, new players coming through the academy.

“I've always had this healthy competition with players and always try to give my best.

“In the end, it's just the manager who makes the decisions."

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