Chelsea told to swap ‘limited’ N’Golo Kante for West Ham midfielder Declan Rice amid exit rumours – ‘It’s a big upgrade’
Oct. 13, 2020
Chelsea have been told to swap N’Golo Kante for Declan Rice – because the West Ham midfielder can do more.
That’s the view of talkSPORT host Adrian Durham, who believes England international Rice would be a ‘big upgrade’ on French World Cup winner Kante.
Chelsea have been forced to deny rumours of a falling out between Kante and manager Frank Lampard that emerged in France on Monday.
Le Parisien claimed Kante, 29, wants to quit the Blues after Lampard denied him permission to skip training for a friend’s wedding before the international break.
The same report also suggested the Chelsea midfielder plans to join Real Madrid in January, but the Blues have described the story as ‘total nonsense’.
Nonetheless, Kante is often linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge, and it is no secret Chelsea have been interested in West Ham’s Rice for quite some time.
Having left Chelsea’s academy six years ago, the 21-year-old has emerged as a regular for England with an £80million price tag on his head.
And Durham reckons Chelsea should cash in on Kante in order to sign Rice.
The talkSPORT presenter said: “They’ve been thinking about bringing in Declan Rice for a long, long time.
“If you sell Kante and bring in Rice, it’s a big upgrade.
“This is someone who can do Kante’s job, and go on the attack and use the ball quickly.
“Maybe not the Kante from yesteryear. What I’m looking at is a top side trying to do stuff in Europe and in the Premier League as well.
“Is Kante too limited? Rice does more than Kante – that’s what I’m saying.”
Adrian Durham believes West Ham should consider selling Declan Rice this summer
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