“We’ve got to be a bit careful because people will say we’re in love” – Declan Rice speaks about his friendship with Mason Mount

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West Ham midfielder and Chelsea transfer target Declan Rice has spoken about his close relationship with Chelsea midfielder Mason Mount.

“I’ve tried to nick his medal,” Rice told The Times. “There are so many greats that have never won the Champions League, but he has so I’m buzzing for him.

“We are so close. Last year he came under so much criticism — I don’t know why. There was the debate with [Frank] Lampard and [Gareth] Southgate playing him. Now he’s taken his game to another level.

“Straight after the game he was on FaceTime with me, buzzing, in the changing room. But we’ve got to be a bit careful because people will say we’re in love. Every time we FaceTime all his team-mates jump in and say, ‘You two need to stop talking to each other.’

“He actually is next door here. I can’t even go down to dinner without him messaging me, ‘When are you going down?’

“There are a few friendship groups here. Stonesy [John Stones] and Kyle Walker are really close, obviously [as Manchester City team-mates and Yorkshiremen]. Chilly [Chelsea’s Ben Chilwell] is really close with Mase as well. Everyone’s really close. You can sit with anyone and have a conversation about anything.”

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