Declan Rice tipped to consider future amid Chelsea interest

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What a summer it's been for Chelsea.

After a season which saw the club exceed expectations by securing a top four finish in Frank Lampard's first season, supporters were thrilled with how the campaign had gone.

But after what's happened in pre-season the fans are now in overdrive.

The Blues have spent over £200million on new additions including Hakim Ziyech, Timo Werner, Ben Chillwell, Thiago Silva and Kai Havertz.

Those deals are seen as a big step towards helping Chelsea to push Liverpool and Manchester City in the title race.

But while these deals are a big signal of intent, it seems that the club are far from finished.

Various other players have been linked with a move, but none more than Declan Rice.

The England international has established himself as a vital player for West Ham United in the Premier League.

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After starting his career with the Blues, reports have suggested that the club may look to bring Rice back to west London as part of Lampard's new-look squad.

The Hammers are unlikely to want to sell their star man, but according to pundit Danny Mills, a move could be hard to resist for the 21-year-old.

Speaking to Football Insider about the interest, Mills said: “You’ll always be flattered.

“It’s always interesting especially when you look at the interesting players that Chelsea have pulled together over the window.

“Suddenly you’re thinking ‘I am currently going to be in a team that is a bottom half team that is fighting relegation perhaps as opposed to a team that is going to be in the Champions League and challenging.'”

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GIVEMESPORT'S Phil Spencer says...

This is a deal that could rumble on until the final hours of the summer transfer window.

Declan Rice is a top quality player, and that's why it's no surprise that he's attracting the interest of a club like Chelsea.

Valued at £44.55million by Transfermarkt, the midfielder will not be a cheap player to sign, and the Blues know that.

But given the level of quality that he possesses, a move could prove to be a shrewd move.

Should the interest turn into something more concrete, Rice will find it hard not to be tempted by the opportunity to play for the Champions League club.

But as is expected the whole thing will boil down to finances, and that's why a deal could take a while to come off.

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