Frank Lampard has revealed he tried to signal Declan Rice from West Ham throughout his time answerable for Chelsea.
The Blues had been closely linked with the England worldwide throughout Lampard’s 18-month spell at Stamford Bridge, which got here to an finish in January.
In a Q&A for the Willow Basis, Lampard mentioned: “We’re lucky to have him in England. West Ham are lucky to have him.
“He’s a frontrunner and it’s clear that he’s destined for excellent issues.
“I’ve most likely given it away with how I spoke about him, however I feel it’s frequent information that I used to be a giant fan of his.
“It didn’t occur for varied causes, however we introduced in loads of gamers in the summertime. However I used to be a giant fan of him.
“For comprehensible causes, West Ham know the participant that they’ve on their palms.
“I don’t need Declan to be in an uncomfortable place by way of this as a result of all I see from him is absolute efficiency and need to play for West Ham.
“They gave him the possibility there and the selection can be Declan’s because the years go forward, however his performances are nice to look at.”
Rice was launched by Chelsea on the age of 14, however has gone on to change into one of many nation’s finest midfielders.
The 22-year-old, who’s at the moment sidelined with a knee harm, has captained West Ham within the absence of Mark Noble for many of the season.
The Hammers are believed to worth Rice at round £100m with Manchester United reportedly concerned about signing him.