Declan Rice has been linked with a return to Chelsea over the past few transfer windows – and this one has been no different.
The 22-year-old, who was released by the Blues when he was a teenager, has been so impressive for West Ham United over the past couple of seasons.
The form he has shown, for England as well, has seen Rice linked with Chelsea, as well as Manchester United, but the Hammers are understandably reluctant to sell the midfielder.
However, according to a report from The Telegraph on Saturday afternoon, West Ham have placed a £100million price tag on his head, which has seen Rice become ‘unhappy’.
The report claims that Rice was left ‘convinced’ he needed to move away from the London Stadium in order to challenge for trophies on a regular basis after his international responsibilities with England earlier in the summer.
The £100m asking price, though, is proving a problem for Rice’s wish to get a move away from east London – with both Chelsea and Manchester United supposedly put off by West Ham’s valuation.
Hammers boss David Moyes, when speaking in March earlier this year, ahead of the summer transfer window, said that he wouldn’t even let his midfielder leave the club if a £100m offer came in for his services.
Moyes said: “I don’t agree with the owners that Declan Rice is a £100m footballer. Far, far more than £100m. Far, far more.
“I look at the players who have joined some clubs from overseas and come in and nowhere near had the impact Declan Rice would have.
“I certainly wouldn’t put a price on it. You can decide which figure you want to put on it but I wouldn’t be sanctioning anything like that, that’s for sure.”
Rice himself, when speaking to Sky Sports last year, revealed his ambitions for the rest of his career and highlighted the significance of winning major honours for club and country.
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The Hammers star said: “As a footballer, you only get one career and it goes by very quick.
“You want to be successful for club and country. I think it’s an important thing to win trophies. There’s talk of Harry Kane at Spurs and what he should be doing, obviously he can do whatever he wants.
“He’s going to win trophies we all know that. I think that’s something I want to aim for as well.
“I’m only 21 but to get those highs of your career you need to win stuff and that’s what I want to do.”