Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has clashed with the club’s board over signing West Ham’s Declan Rice, according to reports.
Rice, who is a former Chelsea academy prospect, has developed into an outstanding defensive midfielder at the London club, and is now being linked with a return to Stamford Bridge.
The blues have been monitoring Rice’s progress for some time since his rise, and Lampard is believed to be a huge fan of the England international.
But, according to The Athletic’s David Ornstein, Chelsea board have reservations over the midfielder. The club chiefs are also concerned over the huge price tag West Ham placed on the player.
Meanwhile, Frank Lampard is currently under pressure at the club after losing four of his last seven matches
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But former Chelsea manager, Avram Grant, who coached Lampard during his time at the club, said that the former midfielder has what it takes to turn things around.
“About the current situation I can say only this. You need to be strong when things are not going well, when things are going well everyone is a genius and knows what to do,” Grant said in an Instagram post.
“But in the situation like this when things aren’t going well you need to be strong, look for solutions and show a lot about your character.”