He’s one of the best in the world – Declan Rice hails Chelsea target

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Chelsea have been linked with midfielders Declan Rice and Jude Bellingham.

The Blues were one of the clubs linked with 19-year-old Jude Bellingham before his switch to Borussia Dortmund.

Bellingham has excelled at Dortmund, and has been linked with a return to the Premier League.

In the words of Declan Rice, Jude Bellingham is an incredible player.

Asked to assess Bellingham’s talent and potential, Rice told talkSPORT: “I think he’s energetic. He’s strong, has self-belief, no fear.

“He’s got everything as a 19-year-old, you know, he’s a man, he has played on the big occasions already. He’s ready to play, but obviously it’s down to the manager to pick what he thinks is best.

“He’s still only 19 – by the time he’s 22, 23, he’s going to be incredible.”

Rice also admitted that he enjoys playing with the 19-year-old midfielder, and believes they would complement each other if they both started at the World Cup in Qatar.

“When I’ve played with Jude, I loved it,” said Rice.

“Obviously it takes time to gel with a partner, you’re not going to get that connection straight away.

“But over time you do and even with all the other midfielders in the squad, I hope that we can go on for the next 10 years and create a special, special bond in the middle of the pitch.”