West Ham United manager David Moyes insisted that Declan Rice is not up for sale amid reported Chelsea’s interest.
Having already spent over £200m this summer and reportedly close to signing Rennes goalkeeper Edouard Mendy (Goal), Chelsea may add another blockbuster signing to their summer spending spree.
A report from the Telegraph said Frank Lampard wants to bring in a defensive midfielder and West Ham’s Rice is on top of his wishlist.
The Blues would have a hard time tempting their London rivals to sell, though.
West Ham boss Moyes has reiterated his desire to keep their player of the year, having previously said it would take “the Bank of England” to prise Rice away from London Stadium.
Asked whether they still have the same stance over Rice situation in a press conference today (Friday), he told the media (via the Express): “Well, I hope that is the case.
“We have still got a long way to go in the window, maybe somebody has the Bank of England but nobody has shown that.
“It was always the plan, there was no intention to lose Declan Rice.
“We have had no bids and no enquiries. There is a lot of speculation but I can only tell you what I know.”
Moyes stressed that Rice is a “too important” for his plan to lose this summer as he revealed his plan for the England international.
“He’s been captain already, I think he is learning a lot of leadership from Mark Noble.
“I hope in the future we will have an incredibly talented footballer with great leadership skills and will be the captain of West Ham.”