Declan Rice has decided his future amid talks with West Ham. Chelsea and Manchester United have been linked to the Englishman.
The third-place Blues have a big summer ahead of them. West London fell behind after setting the early pace.
European Super Cup and Club World Cup victories brought early joy and heartache. Real Madrid ended their Champions League defence in a spectacular manner, while Liverpool won both domestic cups on penalties.
Thomas Tuchel admits he’ll need to rebuild his team for next season since some important players are leaving.
“The disadvantage in terms of timing for the rebuild is big. We have to be fast and smart.
The two top teams improve their teams. It’s a rebuild necessary for us and that makes it more challenging.”
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“Players are leaving because of [sanctions]. Rebuilding, not improving. Rebuilding We’re up to the task.
Jorginho and N’Golo Kante are in their last year of the contract in midfield. Few players have been linked to those core levels as long as Rice.
The Blues have been interested in the 23-year-old since he was released from the academy. His rapid rise has helped him impact club and national games.
The Mirror reports that despite interest from Chelsea and Manchester United, the midfielder will remain with West Ham. Rice reportedly turned down many offers to sign a new term, but manager David Moyes said it would cost £150m to sign him.
Uncertain whether it would have made a deal possible, both teams may have to explore elsewhere for their summer transfer goals.