Declan Rice’s Frank Lampard comments boost Chelsea transfer chances this week

Declan Rice remains a transfer target for Chelsea this summer after their mammoth spending spree.

The West Ham man has caught the eye of Frank Lampard in recent seasons.

And it's clear Rice is also a fan of the Chelsea boss himself.

Earlier this summer, Rice and close friend Mason Mount were speaking with Rio Ferdinand while playing FIFA against each other.

And the Hammers star was quizzed over who his heroes were, admitting Lampard was up there.

"Obviously being a Chelsea fan, Joe Cole, Lamps [Frank Lampard] and JT [John Terry] were my idols," Rice said.

"It would only ever be Chelsea games that I was watching so them three were definitely up there.

"I've always been a Chelsea fan since I was a kid, it's just been in the family since my dad really.

"My dad used to go back in the 80s, the 90s, I don't think there's one person in my family who isn't a Chelsea fan."

West Ham are desperate to hold on to Rice this summer.

But Chelsea are ready to go all out to land their man in the next few days.

And Rice is keen on the move himself, according to transfer expert Fabrizio Romano.

"Chelsea are trying to do the same [as Liverpool]," Romano told the Here We Go podcast.

"'We want the big targets and not the plan B back up option'. If you talk with West Ham, you have to be honest they're saying the player is staying and the player is not moving.

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"It won't be easy and Chelsea are now considering selling players. But Declan Rice will push to join Chelsea. He will go strongly to join Chelsea

"We will have to see what will happen because he also respects West Ham as normal but he's going to tell West Ham 'I want to join Chelsea'.

"Now it's time to see what Chelsea will bid for Declan Rice because Chelsea are still yet to make an offer."

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