"Chelsea fan" Declan Rice says he "would love to play" with Chelsea star

West Ham midfielder Declan Rice said he and his family have always been Chelsea fans and he “would love” to play with Mason Mount at club level again.

Declan Rice has once again beaten Mason Mount in a FIFA 20 match. This time, the pair faced off each other on Copa 90’s “Stay Home Play Together” on Saturday.

But it’s the conversation before and during the game that was particularly interesting.

The match was hosted by Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand who threw a number of questions to the England internationals.

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When asked whether he was a Chelsea fan, Rice answered: “Yes, growing up I’ve always been  Chelsea fan.

“It has just been in the family since my dad in the 80s and 90s. I don’t think there is one person in my family who isn’t a Chelsea fan.”

Rice was also part of Chelsea academy setup before he went to West Ham in 2014. He still has a picture of Mount and himself when they were kids in Chelsea tops at Stamford Bridge framed in his room.

Asked whether he wants to play with Mount aside from the national team, Rice said: “Yeah I’d love to, I’d love to play with him at club level again.

“One thing we’ve always said as kid we’d love to play with each other at club an international level

“But obviously you never know because of different paths and things like that.”

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Of course, a summer move to Stamford Bridge is unlikely for Rice at the current situation, unless one member of the already crowded Chelsea’s midfield department leaves at the end of the season.

For the holding midfield role where Rice usually plays at West Ham, Chelsea already have Jorginho, Billy Gilmour, also Mateo Kovacic and N’Golo Kante (although Frank Lampard usually plays these two in more advanced roles).

Rice is still 21 and his impressive display this season has earned him the most votes for West Ham’s player of the season on Sky Sports poll.


A Chelsea fan who loves football statistics. Studied sports journalism at the University of Sunderland.