Ex Chelsea FC manager Frank Lampard has regretted missing out on West Ham United midfielder Declan Rice during his time at Stamford Bridge.
Lampard wanted to bring the player to the club but they couldn’t agree on a deal with his club with the former Derby County man stating that England was so fortunate to have a player like him.
"Now you see him in the England squad and quickly you don't see an England team without Declan in it," he said at a Q&A for the Willow Foundation ahead of the London Football Awards.
"We are fortunate to have him in England; West Ham is fortunate to have him. He's a leader and it is clear that he's destined for great things. I have probably given it away with how I spoke about him but I think it's common knowledge that I was a big fan of his.
"It didn't happen for various reasons, but we brought in a lot of players in the summer. But I was a big fan of him. For understandable reasons, West Ham knows the player that they have on their hands.
"I don't want Declan to be in an uncomfortable position through this because all I see from him is absolute performance and desire to play for West Ham. They gave him the chance there and the choice will be Declan's as the years go ahead, but his performances are great to watch."
Currently out with an injury, Rice has started 32 games in all competitions for West Ham this term.