West Ham United are prepared to do everything within their power to fend off interest from Chelsea this summer as the Blues continue to be linked with a move for the midfielder.
Rice, who would have been hoping to assist England at this summer’s European Championships had they not been called off because of the coronavirus pandemic, was released by the Blues at the age of just 14-years-old and has hinted at the possibility of returning to Stamford Bridge.
However, the Hammers are not keen on entertaining the idea of parting ways with the 21-year-old, who still has another four years left to run on his current contract at the London Stadium.
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Despite having another four years left on his current deal, that often counts for nothing in football nowadays, with interested clubs often doing enough to convince a player into swapping clubs.
However, the Hammers, according to Goal, have no intentions of selling the defensive midfielder and are in a very strong position to turn down any offers that may come their way.
Reports have suggested that the Hammers may have to part with Rice when the next transfer window opens because of financial troubles caused by the coronavirus crisis, with a price of £70million having been suggested for the youngster.
Bolstering the centre of midfield could be on Chelsea head coach Frank Lampard’s to-do list this summer, with the Blues having been recently linked with swoops for Lille’s Boubakary Soumare.
But with the likes of N’Golo Kante, Jorginho, Billy Gilmour and Mason Mount already on the Blues’ books, Lampard may not see any reason to spend big-money on attempting to lure Rice to West London.