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Rice fears grow as Lampard plans clear out

New reports that Chelsea boss Frank Lampard is ready to sell N’Golo Kante along with eight  other players look set to raise further worries over Declan Rice’s future.

The Chelsea boss has already strengthened with two new arrivals – Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner – and now wants Bayer Leverkusen’s attacking midfielder Kai Havertz whom he may see as a replacement for another player reported to be on his outward list – Ross Barkley.

It’s always been known that Kante’s departure could be the trigger to prompt a Rice move and according to The Times he is among the nine players whom Lampard is ready to shed.

Kante experienced an injury hit season last term making just 23 appearances despite being a key part of the team when available.

However, Lampard has always made it clear he doesn’t have plans to let him go and declared back in June he wasn’;t going anywhere and that Chrlsea were a better team when he was available.

At the same time London Stadium sources told CandH several weeks ago that they were aware that any sale of Kante could prompt a move for the Hammers prize asset whilst insisting they have no plans whatsoever to sell him

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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!" Follow on Twitter @hughsouthon

4 comments on “Rice fears grow as Lampard plans clear out

  1. Don’t need to be worried let em do wat they wanna do , money doesn’t win trophies keep our young stars , and we need stability for once keep our players

  2. If West Ham sell Rice at this time I think that may be the end for a lot if people. Would put the club in perspective . Where is any ambition ? Really is time West Ham told clubs they no longer will be selling their best players. Either that or eventual failure which we just avoided this year. Time to tell chelsea or anyone NO. In no uncertain manner.

  3. Let’s hope they do stand strong Hugh.For years I think the club has been seen as a soft touch on and off the field. Moyes said so re on the field and he now seems to be putting a stop to that. Let’s hope the management are equally as strong when it comes to clubs wanting our best players. Although hardly very successful of late we are without doubt one of the biggest clubs in this country. Time other clubs were made to realise that.

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