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“I’m going to get in trouble here”


John Terry joked he was going to be in ‘trouble’ for revealing Declan Rice’s ‘love’ for Chelsea only summer transfer rumors heat.

The former Blues captain has opened up on the West Ham star’s future after the Hammers hierarchy imposed a £150m price tag on the midfielder.

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Rice’s performances for West Ham and England have made his future at the London stadium uncertain

“I’m going to get in trouble here”

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Terry stayed in touch with the former Chelsea youngster

Rice came through the west London club’s academy but was released aged 14 before moving to east London where he has been playing ever since.

Now his childhood idol Terry has said a return to Stamford Bridge for the 23-year-old would be “amazing”.

Speaking to Astro SuperSport, the Blues legend revealed his views on what Rice should do once the season is over.

“I’m going to get in trouble here for what I say!” Terry said.

“You know what, Dec obviously loves Chelsea – I think everyone knows that.

“I think the rejection he got from Chelsea really helped his career actually. What he did at West Ham is pretty much unbelievable.

“We saw in the FA Cup [against Kidderminster Harriers in February] when he came in and scored, and again grabbed the game by the scruff of the neck.

The former England international went on to explain that realistically West Ham will have to put an impressive offer on the table and bring in new signings to retain their fan favourite.

“I think from Dec’s side, I think he gave everything to West Ham,” he added.

“And for me, looking from the outside, unless West Ham make a big statement this summer and spend over £100m and say, ‘We want to keep Dec and we want to bring in the best players like you”, so I think he has a decision to make.

“I’m going to get in trouble here”

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Rice’s friendship with Chelsea starlet Mason Mount was cited as another reason for the Hammers vice-captain

“I think if West Ham are going to spend huge amounts of money, bring in the best players, then I think it’s hard for them to walk away.”

Despite Terry’s desire to see him back in blue once more, Hammers boss David Moyes was adamant the England starter was not moving.

Speaking to Sky Sports after the Irons’ win over Everton on Sunday, the Scot said: “If I had heard anything [about Rice]I will not tell you.

“But the best thing to say is ‘no, we don’t have it,’ and let me tell you, it’s not for sale.”

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