Frank Lampard admits to being a big fan of ‘leader’ Declan Rice as he insists the West Ham midfielder is destined for ‘great things’ and explains why he couldn’t sign him to Chelsea.
- Frank Lampard spoke highly of Declan Rice during a Q&A on Friday
- The former Chelsea boss revealed he was trying to sign the 22-year-old midfielder
- However, the move fell through for ‘several reasons’ as West Ham held on
- Rice has become a tool for club and country in his best campaign ever
- David Moyes said last month that rice is worth ‘much, much more’ than £ 100 million
Frank Lampard has revealed that he wanted to sign Declan Rice when he was a Chelsea manager and has spoken highly of the midfielder.
The 22-year-old has been a regular captain of West Ham for the past year and is now a crucial part of Gareth Southgate’s England squad ahead of this summer’s European Championship.
Chelsea was often associated with Rice during Lampard’s tenure, and the former Blues boss spoke of his admiration for the midfielder during a question and answer session for the Willow Foundation, saying the transfer did not materialize for “ several reasons. ”
Frank Lampard spoke during a Q&A session on Friday about wanting to sign Declan Rice
The 22-year-old was instrumental for West Ham as they move into the top four
‘We are lucky to have him in England, West Ham is lucky to have him. He’s a leader and it’s clear he’s destined for great things, ”said Lampard.
‘I probably gave it away with how I talked about him, but I think it’s common knowledge that I was a huge fan of his.
“It didn’t happen for several reasons, but we brought in a lot of players over the summer. But I was a big fan of his.
For understandable reasons, West Ham knows the player they have in their hands.
“I don’t want Declan to be in an awkward position because of this, because all I see from him is absolute achievement and the desire to play for West Ham.
“They gave him the chance there and the choice will be with Declan over the years, but his performances are great to watch.”
David Moyes claimed last month that his prize pool is worth ‘much, much more’ than £ 100 million
Lampard said Rice is for big things and it’s up to him if he leaves West Ham
Rice is currently injured after suffering a knee problem during the most recent international break when West Ham was fourth, one point above Chelsea in fifth.
The Hammers have been the surprise package to the Premier League under David Moyes this season, with the Scot claiming last month that his prize pool is worth ‘much, much more’ than £ 100 million.
Lampard’s relationship with club director Marina Granovskaia reportedly soured as the pair argued over whether or not to sign several players, including Rice, with the former eventually losing his job in late January after a shocking streak of form Chelsea from early December to the eighth. place go. after losing five times in eight league games.
Lampard collided with Marina Granovskaia (right) before Thomas Tuchel entered
The 2-0 reverse against Leicester was the final straw for the board, which soon brought in Thomas Tuchel as Lampard’s replacement on an 18-month contract.
Tuchel’s appointment has had the desired effect, with Chelsea now on the eve of the top four, in the FA Cup semi-finals and one foot in the Champions League semi-final after a 2-0 win away from Porto. . in the first leg of their tie.
In addition to Rice, Lampard also spoke about his relationship with Roman Abramovich, his take on England’s chances this summer, whether he’s received management offers since his resignation, and his response to criticisms of Mason Mount during the Q&A.