Ferdinand claims Chelsea would be Declan Rice's preferred summer destination

Rio Ferdinand said Declan Rice would want to leave West Ham at the end of the season with Chelsea his preferred destination.

Last month’s report from the Telegraph detailed why Chelsea manager Frank Lampard sees the 21-year-old as his first-choice target.

Lampard said there is no regret over Rice’s early exit as an academy player in December (Sky Sports).

But, from the interview, you could see that Lampard is a big fan of the midfielder’s “strength of character”.

While there have been reports about other clubs entering the race for the England international, including reported interest from Manchester United (MEN), Ferdinand believes the midfielder is not going anywhere this January.

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“I don’t think he goes in this window. He stays there [at West Ham] until the end of the season,” the Premier League icon told FIVE YouTube channel.

“I don’t think he’s the type of kid who is going to push to leave right now.

“If it happens, it’ll be between the clubs. He won’t be the person to instigate it.”

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Ferdinand said he admires Rice’s “driven” personality and believes that the defensive midfielder will eventually leave the London Stadium at the end of the season.

“I think it’s inevitable that he is going to go,” he added.

“If I’m being realistic it’ll be the summer, and it would be Chelsea if he gets his wish.”

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