Reporter Dean Jones has insisted that Chelsea’s interest in Declan Rice remains, despite a recent change of dugout.
The Blues have long time admirers of the West Ham star, who believed the 23-year-old himself would prefer a return to his boyhood club in west London amid interest elsewhere from Manchester United.
The rice is under contract until 2024 and the Hammers have the option to extend for a year, which leaves his current employers in a strong negotiating position, hence the £150 million asking price that David Moyes placed on his head.
Nonetheless, it looks like the Blues remain keen on acquiring the midfielder, whom The Athletic journalist Roshane Thomas has dubbed a ‘generational talent‘.
Although Thomas Tuchel is shown the doorChelsea’s attempts to land Rice are unwavering with Jones telling GIVEMESPORT“Thomas Tuchel’s departure won’t really affect Chelsea’s vision of signing Declan Rice.
“There are still people who remain with the club who are ready to leave for Declan Rice when the time comes.”
There is a constant stream of suitors competing for the two places in Chelsea’s engine room with N’Golo Kante, Jorginho, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Denis Zakaria, Mateo Kovacic and Conor Gallagher all natural options.
However, with Jorginho and Kante in the final year of their contracts and being 31 and 32 respectively this season, a refresh might be in need.
Both are yet to prove themselves at the top level while Rice has quickly established himself as one of the best midfielders in the country.
His success rate of 91.6% was only bettered by Rodri among players in his position to make 20 or more Premier League appearances last season and at 23, Rice has already become a confident performer for the West Ham side, making 202 senior appearances.
He would be a shoo-in for Chelsea’s roster, on average more or as much tackles and interceptions than any member of the blue side in the top flight this season and he could hold the center of the park for years if he were to cross London.