Sky Sports claimed yesterday that Chelsea are plotting a move to sign West Ham ace Declan Rice in the summer, and some Hammers fans have taken to Twitter in reaction to the speculation.

The 21-year-old has arguably been West Ham’s best player over the past two years. And he is undoubtedly one of the first names on David Moyes’s team-sheet.

Rice has made 100 appearances for the Hammers, racking up two goals and three assists in the process (Transfermarkt).

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Declan Rice (Photo by Rob Newell – CameraSport via Getty Images)

But it is his work at the other end of the pitch that has been most impressive.

In 90 Premier League appearances for West Ham, the seven-capped England international has racked up 221 tackles, 140 interceptions, 165 clearances and 610 ball recoveries (premierleague.com).

He has won 57% of his individual duals and 54% of his aerial battles (premierleague.com).

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Declan Rice (Photo by Rob Newell – CameraSport via Getty Images)

Aside from the stats, Rice is a hugely important player for the Hammers. He is a constant driving force in the middle of the park for the east London outfit. And losing him in the summer would be a massive blow for them.

The Daily Star claimed earlier this year that West Ham could be willing to sell the 21-year-old. But for nothing less than £80 million.

And some Hammers fans took to Twitter in reaction to the claims that Chelsea could make a summer move for the midfielder…

 
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