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Former Chelsea defender Frank Leboeuf has revealed that he’s looking forward to seeing Chelsea sign Declan Rice.
The Blues have been linked with Rice for some years now, and Chelsea may make a serious move for the 23-year-old next summer.
For Leboeuf, Rice is who Chelsea truly need and is the best replacement for N’Golo Kante.
“The only position I think Chelsea need to strengthen in is central midfield as a potential replacement for N’Golo Kante,” he told FairBettingSites.
“Kante is out for about four months and while Jorginho is a great player he is not defensively-minded. Mateo Kovacic is a good player, and he does his job well, but he needs a partner.
“Declan Rice is the one for me. It would be very, very interesting if Kante left, I would love to see them go and get Rice from West Ham.
“I get goosebumps thinking of Mason Mount and Declan Rice playing together at Chelsea because they are academy graduates and that’s what fans want to see.
“Manchester United are missing the point with their transfer policy of just buying big stars. They need to remember the Neville brothers, Beckham, Scholes, Giggs etc. all came through the system and providing the backbone of the greatest period in the club’s history.
“The biggest figure in Chelsea’s recent history is John Terry, who OK started at West Ham but he’s Chelsea through and through and came through the academy like Mason Mount. Declan Rice belongs to Chelsea, like Conor Gallagher.”