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Moyes laughs off Chelsea interest in Declan Rice

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West Ham United boss David Moyes has played down recent rumors linking Declan Rice with a move to cross-town rivals Chelsea.

Moyes insists West Ham have received no offers for Declan Rice amid growing speculations linking the highly-rated midfielder to Chelsea.

The ‘Hammers’ retained their top-flight status following a tumultuous Premier League campaign, but the 21-year-old could still leave for a bigger club.

Rice has been one of West Ham’s most consistent performers since making his senior breakthrough on the final matchday of the 2016/17 season.

Indeed, despite his young age, the towering defensive midfielder already has 99 Premier League appearances under his belt.

Widely-regarded as one of the best players in his position in England’s top-tier, Rice remains central to West Ham’s plans, according to Moyes.

“At the moment, there have been no offers for Declan, and we don’t want any,” he told the Evening Standard.

“There’s always interest, but we don’t want to encourage it.”

Despite outlining the club’s desire to keep hold of his star midfielder, Moyes could be powerless to prevent Rice from joining the London rivals.

Chelsea have already regretted their decision to cut ties with then 14-year-old Rice, but they want to bring the prodigal son back to Stamford Bridge this summer.

The Blues have already made it clear they are ready to offload Jorginho as part of their efforts to raise money to fund the Englishman’s return to the fold.

Frank Lampard knows Rice won’t come cheap, as West Ham will not accept an offer below the €71.94million valuation of their most prized asset.