“I rate him very highly,” Thomas Tuchel said about West Ham star Declan Rice, as quoted by the Mirror.
“It’s not just that he seems to be a very nice guy, everybody tells me from the Chelsea academy, but he proves it, that is the most important thing. He proves it and it feels like he plays every single game.
“He is available, he is captain, he plays with a lot of responsibility, he is a very physical player. A very, very strategic-minded player. A key player for his team. Strong in set-pieces.
“But that I think that is not a surprise, everybody sees it. He takes responsibility. He is a huge part of the success of this team. And it’s impressive, of course.
“Maybe he is out of our league if we don’t have the crisis. That can be when you hear the numbers that are floating around.”
“As you know, we generally don’t speak about other players, when it comes to whether we are interested, not interested because we take care of the guys that we have here.
“And the situation gives me a slight advantage in that at the moment we cannot even think about buying or selling or doing whatever, so there is nothing to think about.”
It has been reported that Rice has rejected a third contract offer from West Ham. With his contract expiring in 2024, it appears as if he’s open to a move in the summer.
West Ham, however, are understood to be unwilling to sell the 23-year-old this summer even though it might be the best time to do so when it comes to the transfer fee. Earlier, David Moyes valued Rice at £150million – and it’s far from certain if Chelsea’s new owners would be willing to spend such sums.