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Exclusive: Michael Ball quashes rumours of Man City looking to sign Reece James

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Michael Ball has rubbished rumours that Manchester City could persuade to sell Reece James this summer.

It has been reported that the England international has been added to Pep Guardiola’s wishlist ahead of City’s League title defence.

James shone for last season, making 47 appearances and playing a key role in the Blues’ victory over City in May.

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He was then named in England’s Euro 2020 squad, but his only involvement came in the goalless group stage stalemate against Scotland.

The 21-year-old, who would be seen as a long-term replacement for in City’s plans, still has four years remaining on his £100,000-per-week deal at Stamford Bridge.

boss Thomas Tuchel would not want to see one of the Blues’ brightest prospects depart, but it would go down even worse among the club’s supporters if he left for a direct title rival.

As a result, former City left-back Ball would be surprised to see a deal sanctioned.

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Speaking exclusively to TIF, he said: “Will sell to Manchester City? I can’t see it happening.

“I think will really try to push themselves to get closer and that gap. They won’t want one of their star players to be going to one of their rivals.”

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