Thomas Tuchel said to use Cristiano Ronaldo transfer model to land dream £150m deal with Chelsea


Gary Neville has told Chelsea how to complete the signing of Declan Rice following the 23-year-old’s decision to reject a third contract offer from West Ham. The Hammers midfielder, who was released from the Blues academy aged 14, sees his current contract at the London stadium expire in the summer of 2024, although David Moyes’ side have the possibility of extending it for an additional 12 months.

Frank Lampard initially sparked Chelsea’s interest in bringing Rice back during his tenure at Stamford Bridge, but no real attempt was made to accede to this request by board members. The England international topped the West Londoners’ shortlist this summer but a decision has been delayed after West Ham’s £100million valuation was described as ‘stiff’, according to Athleticism.

Despite growing interest in Rice – with Manchester United and Manchester City also interested, according to MailOnline – the Hammers boss has given up on the prospect of his prized midfielder leaving east London. In a bid to do so, Moyes insisted it would take £150million for Rice to leave.

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“The first thing to say is he’s not for sale,” the Scotsman said earlier this month when asked if the aforementioned sum was achievable. “If you’re interested, well, it’ll be north of that. Hundred was cheap last summer. Hundred and fifty right now would be a minimum but it’s not for sale. What I know is that means there are only some of the clubs that might even consider it.”

However, while Moyes fought to retain Rice’s services, Neville insisted that West Ham accept their fate this summer. Speaking on Sky Sports Super Sunday, the former Manchester United defender said the Hammers needed to be “direct”, “honest” and “mature” in the summer.

“Declan Rice, we know he’s going to be gone in a year or two,” he said. “Because of the relationship, I think they can be really mature about it. I don’t think it needs to be aired in the media.

“They can be really direct, honest and then communicate what they’re going to do. I don’t think there’s a point in letting speculation destroy the spirit of the dressing room.”

Neville added by telling Chelsea they could use Cristiano Ronaldo’s departure from Old Trafford in 2009 as a model. He said: “When Cristiano [Ronaldo] left Man United the first time, it didn’t impact the club because everyone knew what was going on. There was no kind of wondering what was going on, there was no speculation.

“I think West Ham and Declan Rice could afford to do that with this one because everyone recognizes it’s probably going to happen anyway.”

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