Versatile English midfielder urged to turn down interest from Chelsea

West Ham United coach Stuart Pearce is confident that Chelsea long-term target Declan Rice will snub interest from Stamford Bridge giants in order to become a club captain.

The 21-year-old was heavily linked with the Blues during the summer transfer window, however, the deadline passed with the England international remained with the Hammers.

A recent report suggested that the West London club would reignite their interest in the winter transfer window, with the Blues manager, Frank Lampard determined to lure him at Stamford Bridge.

However, the English midfielder has been backed to turn down the interest from Chelsea by West Ham coach Pearce.

“I played my football where I enjoyed playing football and turned money down to stay where I was happy. My biggest driver was probably playing for the national team. I get the same impression now with Dec – he is intensely proud of representing England,” The Sun quotes Pearce as saying.

“He’ll make his own decisions but we are lucky at West Ham to have a current captain called Mark Noble who has been here for a number of years and has shown great loyalty to the club. I like to think Dec will be at West Ham for years to come, leading the club on to success.”

Rice contract with the Hammers set to expire in the summer of 2024.