West Ham United midfielder Declan Rice wants to return to former club Chelsea this summer according to journalist Dean Jones.
England international Rice was released by Chelsea several years ago before he moved to fellow London club West Ham United on a free transfer. He has been able to establish himself as a key player for the Hammers.
Journalist Dean Jones told Terry Flewers on the Done Deal Show that West Ham United player Rice has had his head turned by the transfer overtures from London rivals Chelsea. It has been reported that a £60m bid could be enough to force the Hammers to sell Rice who has already rejected two contract offers from his East London club.
Chelsea won the Champions League title for the second time last season under German tactician Thomas Tuchel. Despite winning the Champions League title, Chelsea are keen to bolster their squad with more quality players including England international Rice. The Blues won Europe’s premier club competition with N’GoloKante, Mateo Kovacic and Jorginho as their midfielders and the transfer of Rice would be a welcomed addition to that area of the team at Stamford Bridge. The Blues had shown their interest in the Hammers midfielder dating back to when club legend Frank Lampard was still in charge of the first team. Lampard was replaced by Tuchel as the Chelsea manager at the start of this year.
Chelsea target Rice is one of the emerging young midfielders on the European football scene and he has been able tohighlight this status at the Euro 2020 tournament. The West Ham United midfielder has impressed alongside Leeds United player Kalvin Philips in the England midfield. Both Rice and Philips have been pivotal for England who are in the semifinals at the European Championship for the first time in 25 years.