Jarrod Bowen has told Todd Boehly exactly why Chelsea should complete Declan Rice’s signing in the upcoming transfer window. The West Ham vice-captain has been heavily linked with a move to Stamford Bridge this season, with Thomas Tuchel keen to rebuild this summer.
Rice led the west Londoners’ shortlist in the summer but a move was delayed after a £100m valuation was deemed “steep”, according to The Athletic. But now, after a handful of authoritative performances for the Hammers, David Moyes has insisted the 23-year-old would cost £150million to leave the London stadium.
The England international, who was released from Cobham at the age of 14, sees his current contract at the London Stadium set for the summer of 2024. However, the east Londoners have the option to extend it for a further 12 months should West Ham try to retain “the Premier League’s best midfielder”.
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Following Bowen’s call-up to the England squad, he spoke about his team-mate’s transfer interest this season. Asked if there are many better best midfielders than Rice in the Premier League, West Ham’s talisman replied: “I don’t think so.
“You look at Dec, there’s more talk about him and people are starting to see what he’s doing. This season he’s gotten stronger and stronger, he’s got everything you need.”
Bowen added by giving a first-person account of Rice’s rise to superstardom. He said: “I don’t see it as a distraction, it shows the steps he’s taken in the last two years since the Euro final.
“I think at the Euro Dec showed what he’s about and people started to understand him a little bit better and how good he is – I see it in training. He’s gone to another level and of course he wants to You play with the players.” at the highest level. I want to play with Dec at my club and also in the country.”
Boehly’s reported “push for A-list signings” and Tuchel’s eagerness to rebuild this summer coincided with Chelsea’s continued interest in Rice. Speak with football.londonsaid the blues boss: “We are rebuilding, not improving the squad. We’re reconstructing. It’s always a challenge, but we rise to the challenge.
“I don’t know where we are from day one. What I can promise is that I will be here – if I can promise that – I will be here full of energy and positive energy no matter what. We always will still work for Chelsea and I refuse to think about negative scenarios. We will be competitive, at what level we will see.”