Chelsea legend Ashley Cole slams £80million player wanted by Frank Lampard

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Chelsea legend Ashley Cole has criticised Chelsea transfer target Declan Rice for failing to recognise where the ‘danger’ was before Youri Tielemans’ opening goal in England’s 2-0 defeat to Belgium.

Rice is a key transfer target for Chelsea boss Frank Lampard, with several reports claiming he wants the club to sign the West Ham midfielder in January.

“I think he got attracted more towards Lukaku,” Cole said.

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“I think that line (taken by Tielemans) should have been his recovery run. ‘Look where this ball ends up, that would have been Declan running onto that.

“Now the ball has gone behind him and he’s chasing it. He doesn’t see where the danger is.

“If he had taken that straight run, he would have had [Eric] Dier with Lukaku and then you have that little bit of balance on the opposite side of the box for any balls that are played off Lukaku.”

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