Ex-Chelsea manager, Lampard reveals player he wanted to sign
Frank Lampard, the Former manager of Chelsea, has said that he truly wanted to sign West Ham’s Declan Rice for the Blues during his time at Stamford Bridge.
Recall that Lampard was dismissed by Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich in January after only 18 months in charge at the west London club.
The former midfield maestro was replaced by former Dortmund and PSG manager, Thomas Tuchel.
“Now you see him in the England squad, and quickly you don’t see an England team without Declan [Rice] in it,” Lampard was quoted by Goal as saying.
“We are fortunate to have him in England, West Ham are fortunate to have him.
“He’s a leader and it is clear that he’s destined for great things. I have probably given it away with how I spoke about him, but I think it’s common knowledge that I was a big fan of his.
“It didn’t happen [Chelsea signing him] for various reasons, but we brought in a lot of players in the summer.
“But I was a big fan of him. For understandable reasons, West Ham knows the player that they have on their hands.
“I don’t want Declan Rice to be in an uncomfortable position through this because all I see from him is absolute performance and desire to play for West Ham.
“They gave him a chance there, and the choice will be Declan’s as the years go ahead, but his performances are great to watch.”