Declan Rice was not joking when he said it is his dream to play in the Champions League.
The England international is Chelsea head coach Thomas Tuchel’s first-choice midfield target in this summer’s transfer window, but it could take a bid of £100m to prize him away from London rivals West Ham United.
It remains to be seen where Rice is playing his football during the 2021/22 campaign, but it is common knowledge that he wants to test himself on the biggest stage at some point in his career.
“To have that Champions League music playing, that’s where I want to be,” Rice told BBC’s MOTDx.
“It’s special, I can’t really describe it to be honest.
“As a kid it’s your dream, first of all to play in the Premier League, but to be competing for the Champions League [as well].”
And judging by Rice’s recent interaction with Chelsea midfielder Mason Mount, it’s clear that he not only wants to play in the Champions League, but he also intends to win it.
As spotted in an ‘England Teammates video uploaded to UEFA’s official YouTube account, both players were asked to name one thing they would like to steal from each other.
Mount went with an easy one by saying Rice’s beard – mainly because he doesn’t have much facial hair himself.
But as seen in the image above, at around the 0.41-minute mark, Rice reveals that he wants the Champions League medal that Mount won when the Blues beat Man City in the final at the end of May.
A game that Mount provided the assist for Kai Havertz to score the only goal.
The summer window is officially open and now the Blues can look to build on European glory and bolster the squad to push for Premier League supremacy.
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And the reason Rice wants to steal it from Mount is quite simple.
“Listen, a lot of top players didn’t win them and he’s won one,” Rice explained, “So I’d take that off him instantly.”
At just 22 years of age, there’s plenty of time for Rice to win his own Champions League medal, but the chances of that happening as early as next season will improve if he swaps West Ham for Chelsea.