Chelsea renews interest in West Ham’s Declan Rice – Thomas Tuchel Keen on signing center-back
Chelsea have selected West Ham star Declan Rice in their search for a better center-back this summer.
The 22-year-old has enjoyed an exceptional campaign with West Ham as the London side qualified for the Europa League, finishing in sixth place ahead of Tottenham and Arsenal.
Athleticism report that Tuchel is an admirer of the midfielder, with the German boss keen to add the England international to his ranks to bolster his defensive options in his attempt to mount a real title challenge next season.
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With Antonio Rüdiger, Andreas Christensen and César Azpilicueta having only one year left on the contract, the newly crowned European champions are looking to recruit a world-class defender despite veteran defender Thiago Silva, 36, on the verge of s ‘hear for a year. extension to Stamford Bridge.
It should be noted, however, that despite his versatility and background in the central defense arena, Rice was primarily classified as a midfielder by club staff members, who had discussions about the ex-Chelsea starlet. with Tuchel.
Chelsea were heavily linked with a decision by Rice last summer, but that decision did not materialize. The club’s sacking of Frank Lampard was seen as one of the main reasons their interest in Rice cooled in the January window.
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Rice made 35 appearances in all competitions for local rivals Chelsea during the 2020/21 campaign and was nominated for Premier League Young Player of the Year for his outstanding performances for the Hammers.
West Ham are unwilling to sell their most valuable assets but could be tempted to take advantage of their man if a club of suitors put a compelling offer on the table.
Chelsea have also been linked with Niklas Süle of Bayern Munich, Maxence Lacroix of Wolfsburg, Pau Torres of Villareal, Jules Koundé of Sevilla and José Giménez of Atlético Madrid as the Blues aim to build further and reignite their European triumph.