Frank Lampard confirms he tried to sign which would slash Man Utd transfer plan

Former Chelsea boss has opened up about his admiration for Rice, who has become a target for Manchester United

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Former Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has opened up about his failed pursuit of Declan Rice – who has become a priority transfer target for Manchester United.
West Ham midfielder Rice was closely linked with a return to the Blues – where he rose through the academy ranks – throughout Lampard’s 18-month tenure in the Stamford Bridge hot seat.

The Englishman has shone for club and country this season, apparently catching the attention of Red Devils boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in the process.

The Old Trafford bosses can use Jesse Lingard as a scoundrel to get a deal for Rice on the line – but their plans would have been scrapped had Lampard’s plan come to fruition.

Red Devils’ new plan would have been messed up if Lampard had withdrawn the signing
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“We are lucky to have him in England. West Ham is fortunate to have it, ”Rice Lampard said in a question and answer session for the Willow Foundation.

“He’s a leader and it’s clear he’s destined for big things.

“I probably exposed it when explaining how I spoke about him, but I think it’s common knowledge that I was a huge fan of him.

Former Chelsea boss has opened up about his admiration for Rice, who has become a target for Manchester United
(Image: REUTERS)

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“It didn’t happen for various reasons, but we brought in a lot of players this summer. But I was a big fan of him.

It’s not hard to see why Lampard and Manchester United covet Rice, as the 22-year-old has played a key role in guiding the Irons to fourth place in the Premier League, meaning they are firmly in the game. race for a place in the Champions League.

Lampard added: “For understandable reasons, West Ham know the player they have in their hands.

“I don’t want Declan to be in an awkward position because all I see from him is absolute performance and the desire to play for West Ham.

“They gave him the chance there and the choice will be Declan’s over the years, but his performances are great to watch.

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