Frank Lampard’s £80m target vows to become the next Yaya Toure

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Chelsea boss Frank Lampard is a huge admirer of West Ham midfielder Declan Rice, and the Hammers midfielder was strongly linked with a move to Chelsea during the summer transfer window.

Rice is seen as a long-term replacement for N’Golo Kante, and Lampard see him as the perfect holding midfielder in his 4-3-3 system.

The 21-year-old is still looking to make improvements in his game and has revealed that he has been watching Premier League greats Patrick Vieira and Yaya Toure.

Rice told Sky Sports: “I’ve played midfield now for the last three seasons. I think people get carried away with kind of what they want me to do.

“My role is holding midfielder. There isn’t really any flair in that. I can slot in at centre-half but I think I’ve got much more to give and I think my confidence is growing in midfield. I think the more I start to drive forward with the ball like I’ve been doing in recent games.

“I’ve watched the top players like Patrick Vieira and Yaya Toure, every time they see a bit of space they drive into it they look powerful, they look strong and I think as a holding midfielder that’s rare these days. If I can keep adding that into my game I can keep catching the eye.”

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