Legend showers praises on Chelsea star despite losing to Real Madrid at Stamford Bridge

Manchester United legend, Rio Ferdinand has lauded Chelsea star boy Reece James as a fantastic footballer despite losing to Real Madrid.

Ferdinand believes James is a perfect ‘modern day footballer’ who doesn’t get the recognition he deserves.

The former England centre-back said this as Real Madrid defeated Chelsea 3-1 in a Champions League quarter-final first-leg tie on Wednesday night at Stamford Bridge.

“Reece James… What a fantastic footballer. He’s the modern day footballer,” Ferdinand said on BT Sport.

“We talk about Trent Alexander-Arnold, he’s right up there with him, you can’t split them really.

“They bring so much to the game. I think Reece will bring more goals but the passing, seriously, he doesn’t even get the recognition he deserves for his passing.

“He’s got every club in the bag as well and once he gets into these areas [in the box] he can be devastating,” he stated.

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