Chelsea had no regrets selling Declan Rice as a youngster

Chelsea wants to buy back Declan Rice who they sold as a youngster.

The West Ham midfielder was released by the Blues at the age of 14 and has excelled at West Ham since leaving Stamford Bridge.

The Blues have been linked with a move for the 21-year old since the summer transfer window and Hammers are demanding £73million for their star player.

Frank Lampard insists that the club had no regrets selling him even though he is now wanted by the Blues.

“He’s a fantastic player for West Ham and England, so fair play, because his journey there, after leaving Chelsea and going to West Ham, it’s a good story to hear,” said Lampard.

“There are lots of those stories for different reasons, at whatever level and that shows a strength of character. In terms of our end, I certainly wouldn’t use the word regret.

“Our academy is one of the best in the world, you look at our first team and all the players we’ve produced that are in and around the first-team squad, we’ve got so many.

“And it’s not easy, it’s not an exact science to pick or choose players. The academy work brilliantly here to bring through a lot of players.

“Declan Rice has given himself personal credit for going and having the great start to his career he’s had at West Ham.”


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