CONFIRMED: West Ham provide update on Chelsea’s interest in Declan Rice

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Chelsea boss Frank Lampard is keen on signing West Ham midfielder Declan Rice, with reports claiming Lampard intends to use the midfielder as a defender.

Rice was released from the Chelsea academy in 2013 and he has gone on to flourish into one of the Premier League’s most promising defensive midfielders at West Ham.

West Ham boss David Moyes has provided an update on Chelsea’s interest in Declan Rice.

According to Moyes, West Ham are yet to receive any bid from Chelsea for the midfielder and he insists the Blues will have to spend big to re-sign Rice.

Moyes has previously said it would take the ‘Bank of England’ to prise Rice away from the London Stadium.

When asked if that stance still stood, Moyes replied, according to Daily Express: “Well I hope that is the case.

“We have still got a long way to go in the window, maybe somebody has the Bank of England but nobody has shown that.”

“It was always the plan, there was no intention to lose Declan Rice,” he added.

“We have had no bids and no enquiries. There is a lot of speculation but I can only tell you what I know.

“I wouldn’t want to lose him anyway because he is too big a player for us, he is too important and a big part of the squad.

“He’s been captain already, I think he is learning a lot of leadership from Mark Noble, so I hope in the future we will have an incredibly talented footballer with great leadership skills and will be the captain of West Ham.”

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