Declan Rice Chelsea transfer rumours
Declan Rice (R) has expressed a desire to join Chelsea this summer. Will Oliver/EPA-EFE.

West Ham United star Declan Rice has opened up on his desire to reunite with best friend Mason Mount at club level following rumours Chelsea will look to re-sign the player this summer.

The 21-year-old spent eight years in the Blues academy but was released prior to joining London rivals West ham in 2014, where he’s developed into one of the Premier League’s most promising midfielders.

Rice and Mount recently joined Manchester United icon Rio Ferdinand for a Copa90 FIFA 20 session during football’s current hiatus, admitting he’d “love to” reunite with his England team-mate at club level:

"Yeah I’d love to, I’d love to play with him at club level again. One thing we’ve always said as kids we’d love to play with each other at club and international level but obviously you never know because of different paths and things like that."

Both players have already begun to settle as part of Gareth Southgate’s England team and looked set to feature in his squad for UEFA Euro 2020 before the coronavirus pandemic led to it being postponed by 12 months.

Rice is an avid Chelsea supporter and added his family have followed the west Londoners for generations, suggesting he’d be happy to move back if they wanted him.

The pair spoke to Sky Sports News in November regarding Rice’s move to West Ham, and Mount said the change was emotional for their families after growing close:

Tom Victor of Football.London wrote in March that Chelsea have all the cards to make a deal happen should they press ahead in their interest, not least of which is Frank Lampard’s favouring toward young English talent.

One-time England international Matt Jarvis was at West Ham for four years and spent a season alongside Rice when he was first emerging in the senior squad. The winger—now at Woking—told talkSPORT it would probably take a fee in excess of £50 million for any club to land the player.