Frank Lampard has dismissed transfer speculation mentioning Chelsea with a move for West Ham United ace Declan Rice.
Chelsea are poised to continue their spending spree after signing RB Leipzig forward Timo Werner and Ajax playmaker Hakim Ziyech and are targeting the addition of former academy player Rice.
Lampard wants to transform Declan into a centre-back, but the Chelsea chief was in no mood to indulge rumours ahead of his side’s match against West Ham.
‘Declan Rice is a good player, but there is no talk. Until these games are finished I will have nothing else to say on players.’ Frank said in his pre-match press conference.
The Blues released Rice as a 14-year-old, but the 21-year-old midfielder has gone on to flourish at West Ham and is regarded as one of the finest defensive midfielders of his age in the PL.
Lampard appears unrestricted by the financial difficulties that have hit other teams during the coronavirus pandemic and wants to sign a new left-back too this summer.
Ziyech and Werner officially become Blues players on 1 July, but will not be able to feature for their new teams until the rescheduled 2019/20 season is completed.
The attacking pair will however be allowed to train with their new team-mates, as Frank explained.
‘I am in the process of arranging that now,’ Lampard said about adding his new payers to the training squad.
‘Hakim hasn’t played for a while, but we will formulate a plan for them. Whether they can mix in the squad or by themselves.
‘Our focus now is to finish the season, and when I feel it is the right time to bring them in to the squad then I will look to do that.’