Latest Chelsea transfer rumours: Rice prediction, Blues criticised over pursuits, Eriksen move

Here are the latest Chelsea transfer rumours for Saturday, October 17.

Rice backed to snub Chelsea interest

Declan Rice will ignore interest from Chelsea to remain at West Ham United, according to Stuart Pearce.

Rice is a product of the Hammers’ academy, but he spent time earlier in his career on the books of Chelsea.

The England international was heavily linked with a return to Stamford Bridge this summer, but the two clubs were unable to reach an agreement.

West Ham fans are desperate to keep Rice, and Pearce has backed the player to reject an offer from the Blues to stay with the Hammers.

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“I played my football where I enjoyed playing football and turned money down to stay where I was happy,” he told The Sun.

“My biggest driver was probably playing for the national team. I get the same impression now with Dec — he is intensely proud of representing England.

“He’ll make his own decisions, but we are lucky at West Ham to have a current captain called Mark Noble who has been here for a number of years and has shown great loyalty to the club.

“I like to think Dec will be at West Ham for years to come, leading the club on to success.”

Holloway furious over Chelsea’s pursuit of youngsters

Grimsby Town boss Ian Holloway has savaged Chelsea and Liverpool over their interest in youngsters Louis Boyd and Ben Girst.

The pair, both of whom are 15 years old, have tasted first-team action during the club’s EFL Trophy run this season and are highly rated by the club.

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It has been claimed Liverpool and Chelsea are interested in the duo, but Holloway feels they are exploiting the difficult financial situation faced by Football League sides.

He told Grimsby Live: “Am I surprised at that? No, I’m not surprised at that. Am I fuming about it? Yeah.

“These big wigs who…