Declan Rice is expected to join Chelsea this winter transfer window but Abramovich’s sack stance on Frank Lampard is holding up a potential deal for the 22-year-old West Ham star.
Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich’s sack stance on Frank Lampard is holding up a potential deal for Declan Rice, according to reports. The West Ham star is Lampard’s top transfer target over at Stamford Bridge, having sparkled at the London Stadium this season. But a move won’t be taking place in January, despite the midfielder’s desire to jump ship.
Frank Lampard’s desire to sign Declan Rice may have to be tempered until the summer but former Chelsea defender William Gallas as urged the West Ham midfielder to leave east London for the betterment of his career.
Rice remains firmly on the radar of the Chelsea hierarchy with Lampard viewing the 22-year-old as the present and future of the Blues midfield as a mobile defensive midfielder who can play in a number of roles and systems.
Chelsea’s spending in the summer coupled with the coronavirus pandemic has limited any transfer excess this month and West Ham’s significant valuation of their prized asset means any move won’t happen until at least the next window.
Rice has been professional and loyal to the Hammers throughout the speculation, his performance levels never dropping as he’s established himself as one of the most consistent and reliable holding midfielders in the Premier League.
But Gallas claims the England international can only make the step into the elite tier of player, if he leaves West Ham with Chelsea, who released Rice when he was 14, an ideal destination.
“He’s a good player, for his age, he’s unbelievable. Very strong and technically, he’s almost got everything,” Gallas, who made 225 appearances for the Blues from 2001 to 2006, told PlayOJO.
“For me, he has to leave West Ham to get to the next level because he could be a top-class player.