Thomas Tuchel blown away by Declan Rice and makes transfer fee admission that Chelsea and West Ham fans need to hear

Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has absolutely raved about brilliant West Ham United midfielder Declan Rice.

The 23-year-old has been absolutely sensational for the Hammers over the past three seasons.

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Dec has reached a whole new level entirely this term, however, and has transformed from a defensive, deep-lying midfielder into a box-to-box one.

Rice is absolutely vital for West Ham and he is undoubtedly the most important player who David Moyes has at his disposal at the London Stadium.

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Chelsea have been linked with a move to bring the England international to Stamford Bridge in the summer (Telegraph).

However, the Hammers will demand around £150 million for Rice according to The Daily Mail. And actually, the bottom line is that Chelsea won’t be signing anybody unless exiled owner Roman Abramovich sells the club to new owners.

It seems as though Dec is still very highly thought of in West London though…

Thomas Tuchel raves about Declan Rice

The Chelsea boss was speaking to reporters ahead of the clash between Chelsea and West Ham this afternoon.

The German responded when asked about whether he would like to sign the Hammers ace at some point, as quoted by The Mirror:

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“I rate him very highly. It’s not just that he seems to be a very nice guy, everybody tells me from the Chelsea academy, but he proves it, that is the most important thing. He proves it and it feels like he plays every single game. He is available, he is captain, he plays with a lot of responsibility, he is a very physical player. A very, very strategic-minded player. A key player for his team. Strong in set-pieces. But that I think that is not a surprise, everybody sees it. He takes responsibility. He is a huge part of the success of this team. And it’s impressive, of course.”

Tuchel is spot on about Rice here.

The 23-year-old has been truly sensational for club and country since last summer.

And the exciting thing for him and the West Ham fans is that he will undoubtedly continue to get better and better.

Let’s just hope that he remains in East London for quite some time yet and doesn’t end up playing for his boyhood club Chelsea.

That really would hurt!

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