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‘The Beast’: Chelsea starlet Reece James’ nicknamed by team-mate Mason Mount who says: ‘You don’t want to get too close to him in training’ Reece James has edged his way into Frank Lampard's first team at Chelsea  The defender was solid as he started in defence against Palace on Saturday   Team-mate Mason Mount says James is known as 'The Beast' for his physicality The pair are relishing their opportunity at Chelsea under Lampard this season 

By Oli Gamp For Mailonline

Published: 10:45 GMT, 12 November 2019 | Updated: 10:45 GMT, 12 November 2019

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Mason Mount has revealed his nickname for his Chelsea team-mate Reece James -'The Beast', because the defender is 'quick, strong and powerful'.  

The two youngsters rose through the ranks together at Stamford Bridge and have a good friendship after meeting as children at the club's academy.

Both players have made their breakthroughs for Chelsea this season, with Mount a regular in midfield for Frank Lampard and James rising to prominence in defence in the last few games, first catching the eye against Ajax in the Champions League.

Reece James has won the trust of boss Frank Lampard and started in the last two games

Reece James has won the trust of boss Frank Lampard and started in the last two games

James shows his passion for the club after scoring against Ajax in a 4-4 thriller last week

James shows his passion for the club after scoring against Ajax in a 4-4 thriller last week

And Mount has heaped praise on James after his recent impact on the side, noting his 'tremendous qualities' and warning other teams that his physicality means they 'don't want to get too close to him'. 

‘Reece is a very quiet boy. I’ve known him for a very, very long time, since eight or nine years old at the Academy here,' he told Chelsea's website. 

'He’s a very good boy, always works

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