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Chelsea were strongly linked with Declan Rice under former boss Frank Lampard, as Lampard was keen on strengthening his midfield with the signing of the West Ham star.
The Rice to Chelsea move has died down since Lampard was sacked in January, and new boss Thomas Tuchel might not be so keen on Rice, as he has revamped the current Chelsea midfield.
Meanwhile, former Chelsea right-back Glen Johnson believes Rice will do well for the Blues and won’t be needed to play any other role than the holding midfield position, compared to at West Ham, where he’s required to play as a centre-back at times.
“I’m a big fan of Declan Rice, I think he’s a great player but is better as a holding midfielder,” Johnson told CheltenhamGuides.com.
“At West Ham he’s a holding midfielder but does a lot more, but at Chelsea, he wouldn’t be asked to do more. I don’t see him as a central-defender for Chelsea, he could slot in against the right opponents but I think he’s a better player as a holding midfielder.
“Declan Rice has a problem because you have to be exceptionally good to be a holding midfielder that a big clubs pays £80/£90m for. He will want to play for the biggest club he possibly can but to do that he will have to narrow down his position and be the best at it instead of being a decent centre-back, a decent holding midfielder and a decent midfielder.”