MX23RW : Tuesday, August 11 06:48:28| >> :60:1110:1110:

Chelsea want to use West Ham United's Declan Rice as centre-back?

Chelsea want to use Rice as centre-back?
© Reuters
Chelsea reportedly intend to use Declan Rice as a centre-back if they are able to sign the England international from West Ham United.

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard reportedly regards West Ham United's Declan Rice as a future centre-back.

Despite the England international still having four years remaining on his contract, he continues to be linked with a transfer to a bigger club during the next window.

Still possessing the funds raised from the sale of Eden Hazard, Chelsea appear best placed to launch an approach for the 21-year-old later in 2020.

However, according to The Times, Rice would be asked to make the transition into a full-time centre-back if he moves to Stamford Bridge.

While the Hammers academy graduate has taken on that role in the past, a number of managers have tended to use him in defensive midfield.

Already well stocked for options in the centre of the pitch, Chelsea are keen to strengthen their backline before the start of the next campaign.


Click here for more stories about Declan Rice

Click here for more stories about Chelsea

Share this article now:
Did you know...?
Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Kai Havertz pictured in February 2020
Read Next:
Report: Chelsea step up £70m Havertz chase
Latest Sports Video
Sports Mole Logo
Enter your email address to subscribe to Sports Mole's free daily transfer newsletter! Sent twice a day during the transfer window.

rhs 2.0
2Manchester CityMan City382639102356781
3Manchester UnitedMan Utd391813867373067
5Leicester CityLeicester381881267412662
6Tottenham HotspurSpurs3816111161471459
7Wolverhampton WanderersWolves381514951401159
9Sheffield UnitedSheff Utd381412123939054
13Newcastle UnitedNewcastle381111163858-2044
14Crystal Palace381110173150-1943
15Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton38914153954-1541
16West Ham UnitedWest Ham38109194962-1339
17Aston Villa3898214167-2635
RNorwich CityNorwich3856272675-4921

Subscribe to our Newsletter

Transfer Talk Daily
Match previews - twice weekly
Morning Briefing (7am UTC)
Ultra close-up image of Kevin De Bruyne [NOT FOR USE IN ARTICLES]Get the latest transfer news, match previews and news direct to your inbox!