Rio backs ‘sponge’ Rice to pick Chelsea over Man Utd

Date published: Thursday 14th January 2021 9:07 - Will Ford

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Rio Ferdinand has backed Declan Rice to move to Chelsea over Manchester United from West Ham this summer.

The England international has consistently been linked with a move away from West Ham in the last 12 months with both Chelsea and United rumoured to be interested.

Rice came through the Chelsea academy alongside the likes of Mason Mount before completing a move to the Hammers in 2015.

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United are thought to be keen on Rice as a long-term successor to Nemanja Matic at the base of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s midfield.

Ferdinand believes Rice would prefer a return to Stamford Bridge rather than a move to Old Trafford, but will likely wait until the summer to up sticks.

“I don’t think he goes this window, I think he stays there for the remainder of the season. I don’t think he’s the kind of kid who is going to push to leave right now,” Ferdinand told his FIVE YouTube channel.

“If it happens, it will be between the clubs. I don’t think he’s going to be the person that instigates it.

“I think he’s quite a laid-back kid in that sense but he’s a driven kid. He’s someone who wants to achieve, better himself and improve.

“He’s like a sponge, he asks questions when you speak to him: ‘What was it like in your time?’

“He reminds me of myself in that respect. He asks questions like, ‘What was he like, training with him?’, and he wants to know everything because he wants to better himself and you can’t fault a kid like that.

“Good luck to him. I think it’s inevitable he will go but I think – if I’m being realistic – he will go in the summer and I think it would be to Chelsea if he had his wish.”

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