Former Tottenham midfielder Jamie O’Hara has claimed West Ham midfielder Declan Rice is a better player than Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante.
“If Chelsea have the opportunity to bring in Declan Rice now and get rid of N’Golo Kante, it has to happen,” O’Hara told talkSPORT.
“Is he an upgrade on Kante? 100 per cent! He is not the finished article but what you’ve got is the potential – he is 21 years of age, he is already playing for England and he is arguably the best defensive midfielder England have got right now.
“Alright, he has not done what N’Golo Kante has done but, in my mind, he is going to be a better player. He gives more to the team in terms of the way Chelsea want to play, he receives it on the half-turn and wants to play it forward.
“He’s like Michael Carrick. For me, he is the Michael Carrick that Manchester United had when they dominated and he was underrated at that club – that’s what Rice is. Declan Rice can go to Chelsea and be the Michael Carrick of that era.”
Chelsea boss Frank Lampard is keen on signing Rice this summer but West Ham are reportedly demanding £80 million for the England international.