Rice was fired from the Blues academy at the age of 14 and moved to West Ham, where he has since become a key player and won international honors with England.
Rice appeared in West Ham’s 38 Premier League games last season to be named the club’s player of the year, and his successes are welcomed by Lampard, who believes Rice’s story is one that should be celebrated as a measure of his character. .
“He’s a fantastic player for West Ham and England, so fair play, because his trip there after leaving Chelsea and going to West Ham is a good story to hear,” he said. declared.
“There are a lot of stories like that and it shows the strength of character of the player. As for our side, I certainly wouldn’t use the word ‘regret’ – our academy is one of the best in the world and you look at our first squad now with the players we’ve produced that are in and around. this team.
” It is not easy. It’s not an exact science to pick players, but the academy staff do it brilliantly here. Declan Rice took credit for having had the good start to his career at West Ham. ”
Hakim Ziyech and Callum Hudson-Odoi both trained ‘to a decent level’ on Friday and will be watched by Lampard ahead of the game at West Ham on Monday, which sees the Chelsea boss return to the club he started his career with.
Lampard spent the first six years of his professional career as a hammer before moving to Stamford Bridge in 2001, but says the personal motivation is not the same for him as a manager as when he was playing.
“It (meant a lot) when I played,” he said. “But as a manager, in my role now, that’s not the case. Maybe I have mellowed or something, or something has changed but I am only focusing on what is necessary for the club.
“I don’t take it personally, for me it’s just another game and this one is especially important because we’re getting into it after two losses. We want to get back on track. ”