West Ham decided to maintain Rice regardless of Chelsea curiosity

West Ham decided to maintain Rice regardless of Chelsea curiosity

West Ham are decided to maintain Declan Rice this summer season regardless of rising curiosity from Chelsea, sources have informed Football4cast.

The Blues are dedicated to a major overhaul of their squad this summer season as they pursue offers for Bayer Leverkusen’s Kai Havertz and Leicester Metropolis’s Ben Chilwell having already signed Hakim Ziyech from Ajax and Timo Werner from RB Leipzig.

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Head coach Frank Lampard is prioritising different areas of the team other than centre-back however now recognises a have to strengthen in that space given Chelsea’s poor defensive document this season.

Forward of Tuesday night time’s Premier League conflict in opposition to Crystal Palace, the Blues have conceded 44 targets this time period. Of teams at present within the high half of the desk, solely Burnley (46) have let in additional.

Rice is predominantly taking part in as a holding midfielder for the Hammers however Lampard is eager on reverting the 21-year-old to the central defensive place he occupied earlier in his profession, given his capacity on the ball would allow him to play out from the again successfully.

Nevertheless, West Ham consider they’re in a robust place to repel any curiosity as Rice is contracted to the membership till 2024 — with an choice for an extra yr — and the England worldwide is claimed to be comfortable and settled in east London.

Lampard knew Rice as a teenager when he frolicked on the Chelsea academy whereas midfielder Mason Mount is an in depth good friend however the Hammers are hopeful they’ll cling onto their prized asset.

Relegation would inevitably power a rethink on all sides however West Ham’s victory over Chelsea final week helped them transfer 4 factors away from the relegation zone with 5 video games left.

Supervisor David Moyes has publicly said he needs to maintain Rice and the membership are hopeful a price ticket in extra of £70 million can be sufficient to keep off curiosity from Chelsea and likewise Manchester United, who’ve been monitoring his scenario.

Monetary pressures from dropping to the Championship would make it tougher for the Hammers to maintain Rice this summer season however it’s understood the membership are eager to keep away from cashing in on key gamers in any occasion and are exploring different methods to ease any financial issues.

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