West Ham chief David Gold sends Declan Rice message amid Chelsea transfer interest

West Ham United co-owner David Gold has sent a message to Chelsea transfer target Declan Rice.

Rice has been linked with a £70million move to Chelsea this summer with Frank Lampard a big fan of the England international.

But amid the transfer talk, Rice celebrated his 100th Premier League appearance for current club West Ham last weekend.

And Hammers co-owner Gold has congratulated the young midfielder on the achievement, perhaps signalling any move to Chelsea is not particularly close.

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“I would like to congratulate Declan on his 100th Premier League appearance for West Ham United – a magnificent achievement,” Gold said on Twitter.

“I am very proud of him and he epitomises everything that this great football club stands for.”

Rice also celebrated the landmark, saying: “Not the result or performance we wanted last night, but a very proud moment to have made my 100th premier league appearance. Hopefully many more to come.”

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Rice has been with West Ham since 2014 when he joined from Chelsea, who released him aged 14.

He is now being heavily linked with a return to Stamford Bridge, but it won’t come cheap with the Hammers valuing their England international at £70million.