Chelsea backed to sign £50 million Premier League player

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Former West Ham winger Matt Jarvis has backed Chelsea to sign £50 million West Ham midfielder Declan Rice in the summer.

The 21-year-old has become a key part of the West Ham midfield in the last two seasons and broke into the England squad last year.

“He’s a very talented young player who’s obviously playing week in, week out at West Ham and also playing for England,” Jarvis told talkSPORT.

“He’s really got on to the scene and doing extremely well.

“He’s obviously going to want to continue to improve and it’s just whether he feels if it’s the right time for him if he wants to move on or not.

“I think Chelsea are a club who are going in the right direction under Lampard.

“The youngsters are getting their opportunities, so it would be a good fit for him to go in with a few other youngsters.

“He’s a really important figure at West Ham. He’s come through the youth team, he’s got great potential and he’s showing it now.

“It’s really hard to put an exact figure on it. Obviously West Ham won’t want to let him go as he’s an integral part of their team, so they’ll be expecting, if bids are coming in, that they’ll have to be a lot higher than the usual one.

“He’s young and he’s playing for England already; you’ve got to be looking at probably above £50m in this [market].”

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