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Chelsea ‘fail with fresh approach for West Ham midfielder Declan Rice’

Chelsea ‘failed with fresh approach to Declan Rice’ as Thomas Tuchel continues to watch a move for the West Ham midfielder… with London Stadium officials ‘unwilling to sell for less than their £150m asking price’

  • Chelsea approached West Ham majority shareholder David Sullivan about a move
  • West Ham turned down Chelsea advances to sign Declan Rice this summer
  • The Hammers are eager to build a team around Rice and sign him to a new deal
  • They insist they will not sell Rice for anything less than their valuation

West Ham have reportedly rejected a new approach from Chelsea captain Declan Rice.

It was reported by 90min Chelsea have again reached out to the Hammers in their pursuit of signing the England international during the summer transfer window.

However, West Ham are determined to keep their star player and they have long insisted that the 23-year-old will not be sold for anything less than their £150m asking price.

Chelsea have reportedly failed with their latest approach to sign midfielder Declan Rice

Chelsea have reportedly failed with their latest approach to sign midfielder Declan Rice

Thomas Tuchel's side has long been interested in securing a transfer for the England international

Thomas Tuchel’s side has long been interested in securing a transfer for the England international

The Blues are said to have contacted West Ham majority shareholder David Sullivan on the orders of new owner Todd Boehly about closing a possible deal.

However, Chelsea was rejected and told Rice is not for sale this summer.

West Ham is hopeful that Rice, who has a contract until the summer of 2024, will sign a new contract before the start of the new season, which starts on August 5.

However, any new deal could include a release clause for Rice, with the Hammers toning down their approach in negotiating a new deal.

However, West Ham insist they will not sell their star player for less than £150m

However, West Ham insist they will not sell their star player for less than £150m

Rice has previously rejected offers to extend his London Stadium stay, despite the club’s willingness to make him their highest-paid player.

Chelsea could return with an improved offer by looking at whether the Hammers would face Armando Broja and Ross Barkley in a swap deal.

Both Manchester City and Man United are also well-known admirers, but both clubs have different priorities in this summer’s transfer window.

Pep Guardiola’s side has agreed a £45m fee with Leeds United to sign Kalvin Phillips as a replacement for Fernandinho and a cheaper alternative to Rice.

West Ham boss David Moyes wants to build a team around Rice and bring the team closer to Champions League qualification – after qualifying in seventh place for the Europa Conference League last year.

The Hammers also came close to winning European silverware after losing to Eintracht Frankurt in the Europa League semi-final.

Rice has previously spoken of his ambitions to win awards throughout his career.

West Ham hopes Rice will agree to a new improved contract with the club

West Ham hopes Rice will agree to a new improved contract with the club

“I’ve always said it, I don’t want to have a career where I haven’t won anything,” Rice told Gary Neville on the Overlap podcast.

“Growing up as a kid, I saw all these top players win the trophies, win the Premier League and the Champions League.

“Me as a football fan and player, I want to win the best things, I want to win the Premier League, I want to lift that trophy, I want to win the Champions League, I want to win the FA Cups, League Cups, even with England, I want win everything.

“If you don’t have that ambition as a footballer, why are you playing? It’s the best moments of your life to win those trophies.

“I’ve thought about it before, what would those days be like to lift that trophy? The day after, the night after. I definitely want to have those experiences of winning trophies and be the best I can be.”

In the same interview, Rice said he didn’t listen to the noise surrounding his future and that his focus was on “performing week in, week out” at West Ham.

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