Chelsea transfer target Declan Rice has made it clear in his displays for West Ham that he has no intention of leaving, according to Peter Crouch. The Blues have been this summer’s big spenders having parted with close to £250million on re-building Frank Lampard’s squad.
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Timo Werner, Hakim Ziyech, Ben Chilwell, Kai Havertz, Edouard Mendy, Thiago Silva and Malang Sarr have all joined this summer, although the latter will be sent out on loan.
Despite the record spending from Chelsea, they remain linked with a move to sign Rice from West Ham.
The 21-year-old left Chelsea’s academy in 2014 and soon rose through the ranks at West Ham before making his senior debut in 2017.
He has since established himself as one of the Premier League’s most promising young players and Chelsea are reportedly keen on bringing him back to the club.
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The Hammers are desperate to keep hold of Rice though and are demanding £80m if Chelsea are serious about making an approach.
With just hours left of the transfer window, rumours linking him with a move to Stamford Bridge refuse to go away.
But Crouch, who watched Rice’s performance in West Ham’s 4-0 win over Wolves last month, believes the midfielder isn’t pushing to leave the club.
“I know it’s only one result against Wolves but they were so impressive,” Crouch said on BT Sport.
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“The reason they were so impressive was the two midfielders. I thought they were the heartbeat of everything.
“I watched Declan Rice closely, because of the price-tag, with the rumours of him potentially going to Chelsea.
“But he didn’t look like a man who wanted to move on.
“He was at the heart of everything.
“Defensively very sound, making tackles, the work-rate he got through, the intensity of his closing down was magnificent.
“And when he did sweep up, invariably his distribution was very good.
“He broke forward and set up attacks, he let the front three go and play.”
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