West Ham ‘tell Chelsea Declan Rice is NOT for sale’ as Hammers stick to sky-high £150m transfer asking price | The Sun
28th June 2022

CHELSEA have reportedly been told that Declan Rice is NOT for sale.

West Ham are sticking with their whopping £150million asking price of the England midfielder.

The Hammers are determined not to sell the 23-year-old for anything less than the mega value – which is £50m more than Manchester City’s British record signing Jack Grealish.

According to football.london, West Ham are "adamant" Rice is NOT for sale, despite the fact Chelsea "remain interested".

The England international is yet to agree a new contract in East London and is said to be "reluctant to negotiate".

Rice has just two years remaining on his deal, but West Ham have an option to extend it by 12 months.

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Thomas Tuchel will be given big support in the transfer market under new owner Todd Boehly at Stamford Bridge.

And earlier in the season, the German boss told reporters how much he admires the midfielder.

Tuchel said: “ He seems to be a very nice guy from what everybody tells me and is from the Chelsea academy.

“He is available, is captain, plays with a lot of responsibility, is a physical player, very strategic-minded player, a key player for his team, and is strong at set-pieces.

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"He is a huge part of the success of West Ham and it is impressive.”

Rice joined the Blues academy as a seven-year-old but left for West Ham after Chelsea released him.

Manager David Moyes revealed earlier in the season that interested clubs had missed out on a cut-price swoop for Rice last summer.

He said: “There was a bargain to be got with Declan at £100m. That bargain is now gone.”

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