Chelsea morning headlines as Blues make long-term Declan Rice transfer plan, Hakim Ziyech’s role

Here are your Chelsea morning headlines for Thursday, 15 October.

Chelsea ‘stuck to their guns’ over Rice transfer

Frank Lampard may have missed out on signing a new defensive midfielder this summer, but his squad has been improved considerably with additions in other areas of the pitch.

Sky Italia journalist Fabrizio Romano revealed on the Here We Go Podcast that Chelsea were never seriously interested in Arsenal new boy Thomas Partey, preferring to pursue West Ham United’s Declan Rice instead.

Romano stated Chelsea do intend to return for Rice in the near future, indicating the club’s reluctance to settle for alternative candidates.

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It is believed the Blues see Rice as their long-term project in defensive midfield but do not feel rushed to secure his signature.

Nevertheless, Chelsea could spend in January if the price falls to what is deemed a reasonable figure.

The club have previous when it comes to spending large sums in the winter transfer window, with Christian Pulisic, Olivier Giroud and Ross Barkley being signed in January in recent years.

Ziyech and Van de Beek are not alike, despite Ajax history

Morocco international Hakim Ziyech has yet to make his Chelsea debut after agreeing a move to Stamford Bridge from Ajax in February.

Former teammate Donny van de Beek has taken to the field at Old Trafford on a handful of occasions now, following his own summer move from the Amsterdam club, but parallels drawn between the two in England are premature to say the least.

Ziyech and the Dutchman are different players entirely, with the former preferring to be on the ball much more often than Van de Beek, creating from pockets of space, switching the play with diagonal passes and sending crosses into the box.

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