Declan Rice has told Thomas Tuchel that he suits a box-to-box role ahead of any other amid links of a move to Chelsea.
The England midfielder has consistently been linked with a move to Stamford Bridge, with Frank Lampard in particular a huge admirer of his.
Thomas Tuchel has continued that having been appointed as Lampard’s successor in west London, with it being reported by The Telegraph back in May that the German had reignited the club’s interest in the 22-year-old.
Links grew stronger with Rice‘s excellent performances for the Three Lions at Euro 2020, although it has been suggested that he will not actively pursue a move away from the London Stadium this summer.
As it stands, Chelsea‘s midfield options are well-stocked with N’Golo Kante, Jorginho, Mason Mount, Mateo Kovacic and Ruben Loftus-Cheek all seen as viable options for the Blues.
Nevertheless, Rice has been discussing where he believes he is best suited and of course where he could fit at Stamford Bridge should the reigning European champions choose to pursue a move in the final few weeks of the transfer window.
Talking to SoccerAM, he said: “You know what, I’ve had this conversation with the manager [David Moyes] here and a few of his coaches.
“I don’t think I can play really high up, I don’t think that would suit me, but I feel as though I could play as more of an 8, a box to box player, because I can definitely start to score more goals as well; I’ve got that in me for sure.
“So who knows? Wherever the manager wants me to play – whether that’s as a holder or as a box-to-box – I’m comfortable playing both.”
Rice is certainly not known for his goalscoring having found the net on just five occasions so far in his West Ham career. Meanwhile, fellow midfielder Jorginho, who could be one of his partner’s at Chelsea netted eight times in all competitions last term.