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Chelsea hierarchy disagree with Frank Lampard over Declan Rice transfer

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West Ham star Declan Rice looks increasingly unlikely to move to Chelsea this summer with Frank Lampard's appreciation of the midfielder not shared by everyone at the club.

Lampard still wants to bring in one last player before the transfer window shuts and has identified Rice as the final piece of his puzzle.

The Chelsea boss believes Rice can be reverted back into a centre-back and marshal a Blues back-line that conceded 54 times last season - as many as 15th placed Brighton.

According to The Athletic's David Ornstein, not everyone shares Lampard's view and there are significant reservations over the deal from a number of people in Chelsea's hierarchy.

More: Chelsea FC. There is also a reluctance to spend so much money on a player who was on Chelsea's books until the age of 14, when he was released from the academy and joined West Ham for nothing.

While Chelsea may be split over whether Rice is the solution to their defensive woes, Lampard is in no doubt over his quality and believes he can become a world-class centre-back as well as offering cover in the defensive midfielder role.

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