Manchester United loanee Reece James ‘interested in extending’ Rotherham stay

New York Stadium sign, Rotherham

Reece James joined Championship side Rotherham United earlier this season.

The 21-year-old defender has turned out three times for the Millers since moving to the New York Stadium, and has impressed in his short stay in Yorkshire.

With chances at Old Trafford looking limited - despite Louis van Gaal’s use of young players - the youngster chose to move away and secure consistent first-team football in the Championship. Having made his debut for the Red Devils in their embarrassing 4-0 loss to MK Dons in the League Cup earlier this season, James has since been out of van Gaal’s fold, but chances have much improved since his switch to Rotherham.

The Millers have conceded just one goal since James’s debut, and have yet to lose - registering three successive draws against Blackpool, Cardiff and Nottingham Forest. Although goals still look hard to come by for Steve Evans’ men, there appear to be no more doubts concerning his side’s defending, and one would suggest that they should fight off relegation to League One by the close of the season.

A key to securing this survival could be down to left-back James remaining at the New York Stadium, and the youngster admitted that it would certainly interest him to stay past the expiration of his loan deal on January 10.

Speaking to the Yorkshire Post, James confirmed that he would be keen to stay with the Millers for the rest of the season, but he stressed that nothing has been agreed between Rotherham and Manchester United as of yet.

The youngster said: “I would be interested in extending my loan spell but there is still to be a conversation to be had between me and Manchester United on what the best situation would be.

“If they say its a case of me being able to make the decision myself if I’m not going to go back there and be involved in the first team then it is something I would definitely like to do, stay and maintain being a Rotherham United player.”

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