Chelsea transfer target Declan Rice has opened up on his desire to win trophies, fuelling speculation he could look to leave West Ham before too long.
Rice was believed to be Chelsea’s top transfer target during the summer transfer window.
The Blues went on a £250million spending spree during the previous window, forking out for the likes of Kai Havertz, Timo Werner, Ben Chilwell and Edouard Mendy.
However, Frank Lampard was seemingly unable to get one of his top priority targets, as Chelsea opted against moving for Rice.
West Ham wanted a reported £73m for the 21-year-old, and refused to lower their asking price.
Due to West Ham’s stance over Rice, there have been suggestions that the Blues could end their pursuit of Rice and move for Borussia Dortmund wonderkid Jude Bellingham instead.
The English teenager only signed for the Bundesliga side this summer, but received his first call-up to the England national side aged just 18.
Stamford Bridge officials reportedly believe he could be a more viable long-term option to Rice, provided they wait until 2022.
By that point, N’Golo Kante will be nearing the end of his contract, and could be on his way out of the first-team squad.
Bellingham doesn’t have a release clause in his Dortmund contract, meaning he could be an incredibly expensive option for the Blues in the future.