Chelsea linked with Declan Rice
Despite his tender years, Declan Rice has been a mainstay in West Ham’s midfield for some time now.
All told, the 21-year-old has notched 130 appearances across all competitions for the Hammers.
So impressive has Rice been off late, meanwhile, that he has actually been handed the captain’s armband by David Moyes throughout much of 2020/21.
Rice has also become an integral member of Gareth Southgate’s England set-up, notching 10 appearances since his debut in March of 2019.
Such clear quality and potential has seen Rice pique the attention of one of the Premier League’s heavy-hitters.
The club in question comes in the form of Chelsea, who were heavily linked with the midfielder during the summer transfer window.
LONDON, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 19: Declan Rice of West Ham United warms up prior to the Premier League match between Arsenal and West Ham United at Emirates Stadium on September 19, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
Moyes on Declan Rice leaving West Ham
The Blues and Manchester United were also linked with Rice earlier in the current transfer window.
However, Moyes responded at the time by claiming the Hammers had received no bids for their star man.
Now, with Frank Lampard having departed Stamford Bridge, the Scotsman was asked if his fears of losing Rice had eased, to which he responded:
“No matter who was the manager at Chelsea, or whoever came in, it would have been the same answer.
“I said it right at the start and I’m only repeating myself – Bank of England money would be required, and you might even need to add Bank of Scotland on to that as well because he has been so good.”
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