Declan Rice has defended Mason Mount’s comparison with England teammate Jack Grealish.
Rice doesn’t feel why any rivalry should exist between the two.
“We don’t speak about it but I think it’s very harsh,” Rice said when asked about the negative social media surrounding Mount.
“I witness it here, when I come to train here and I have trained with him since I was a kid.
“So I know what his mentality is like, I know how hard-working and how driven he is and it is no surprise you know that Gareth picks him, Frank (Lampard) picks him.
“I think if you give every Premier League manager the chance to pick him, they pick him as well because if you see day in, day out what he gives to the team as an individual, he’s a top talent – so I think that the criticism is very harsh.”
“I think if you look at Jack and you look at Mason, obviously there’s always going to be comparisons but they pretty much play in two different parts of the pitch,” he added.
“Mason now at Chelsea is playing as an attacking number eight and Jack is playing off the left.
“I think you could see the other night that they can both play in the same team for sure and they’re both great players that I think we should be valuing.