Declan Rice sends Mason Mount message to Thomas Tuchel amid £100m Chelsea transfer

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Chelsea transfer target Declan Rice has admitted that playing alongside Mason Mount will take ‘practice’ amid links with a move to Stamford Bridge.

The England midfielder has long been associated with a move to the Blues, having progressed through their youth-set up.

Unlike international teammate Mount, Rice did not quite make the grade at Cobham, instead going on to forge a successful career across the capital with London rivals West Ham.

He appears to have impressed enough, with ex- Chelsea boss Frank Lampard having publicly been an admirer, whilst it has also been suggested that Thomas Tuchel is also interested in potentially bringing Rice to Stamford Bridge next summer.

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If the German does pursue a move, he will certainly hope that he can extract better showings out of the 22-year-old than seen in England’s 1-1 draw with Hungary at Wembley Stadium.

Deployed alongside childhood friend and potential future teammate Mount, the Three Lions struggled to find any rhythm, John Stones’ goal seeing Gareth Southgate’s men avoid a somewhat embarrassing defeat after their opponents had taken the lead.

Following the clash, Rice, who was also selected alongside Manchester City’s Phil Foden, admitted that the relationship he has with Mount might need more work if it is to be successful on the pitch.

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He said: “I think that’s the first time we’ve played together as a three [Foden and Mount] course I’ve played as a one and Mase has played to the side.

“Nothing changes, we know what the manager’s asking of us, what Steve’s [Holland] asking of us we have to put that into practice on the pitch.”

Whilst linked with a move to Stamford Bridge, Rice remains firmly a West Ham player and has just under three years left to run on his contract at the London Stadium.

It has previously been reported that it would take a bid of upwards of £100million to convince the Hammers to sell their star asset.

Source by Football London

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