Rice, 21, dazzled for the Hammers this season as David Moyes arrived in December to take charge and steered them away from relegation trouble with Rice scoring goals, creating and dominating midfield.
The holding midfielder, who can also play at center back, was a big part of that success and West Ham aren’t keen to sell their prized asset to their London rivals.
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West Ham have dismissed reports they have received a £50m bid from Chelsea for Declan Rice.
Rice is not for sale according to West Ham, and any £50m bid would be laughed off with the club hopeful the midfielder will stay for many years.
Rice will return to the club on Monday for pre-season training with the rest of his team-mates.
So, that is that then. Right?
Rice is a Chelsea fan and came through their academy with the likes of current first team stars Mason Mount before being released at the age of 14. He is close with plenty of the young players at Chelsea and has never hidden his love for the Blues.
Reports all summer have suggested that Chelsea boss Frank Lampard wants Rice to be his main man in central defense and even though his best position is in central midfield, you could see him developing into a fine ball-playing center back in the future.
If West Ham don’t want to sell Rice, who has a contract until 2024 and the club have the option to extend it by another year, they don’t have to.
Moyes is keen to build his entire team around Rice. However, Chelsea will clearly pull on the emotional heartstrings of Rice being a boyhood Blues fan and if he wants to take his career to the next level, leaving West Ham for Chelsea (just like Frank Lampard did all of those years ago) would clearly do that.
Chelsea badly need defensive reinforcement and stability and if they can offload plenty of their current defenders, bringing in Rice would be a smart move.
Declan Rice meets up with John Terry after posing with Didier Drogba while on holiday… so will Frank Lampard be the next Chelsea legend he chats with as the Blues push for a £65m move?
Rice , who is close friends with Chelsea midfielder Mason Mount, was photographed with Blues legend Didier Drogba earlier this week while on holiday.
Declan Rice to Chelsea.
— Goal (@goal) August 13, 2020
Declan Rice has spoken with Chelsea legend John Terry amid rumours that the Blues are interested in signing the West Ham star this summer.
The 21-year-old has been linked with a £65million move to Stamford Bridge this year as Blues boss Frank Lampard looks to boost his defensive options ahead of the 2020-21 Premier League campaign.