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Ahead of Monday’s Premier League game against West Ham, Chelsea boss Frank Lampard hailed West Ham midfielder Declan Rice as a fantastic midfielder but insists he doesn’t regret the club let the midfielder leave the club as a 14 year old.
The West Ham midfielder, who is now a regular starter in Gareth Southgate’s England side, was released by the Blues at the age of 14 before being picked up by the Hammers.
“He’s a fantastic player for West Ham and England,” Lampard said, in his pre-match press conference.
“Fair play. It’s a good story because lot of those stories. It shows a strength of character. Wouldn’t say it’s a regret.
“Our academy is one of the best in the world and it’s not easy because it’s not an exact science. Declan deserves personal credit for the start he has had at West Ham.”