Frank Lampard takes transfer decision as Joe Cole gives verdict on Declan Rice

Chelsea’s manager, Frank Lampard confirms midfielder could leave Chelsea on loan before the summer transfer market closes, Football London reports.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek could leave Chelsea on loan before the transfer window closes next week according to Frank Lampard.

The midfielder has struggled for game time over the past two seasons, spending a long time out through injury, and has been recently linked with a move to Aston Villa. Lampard has confirmed a deal could be agreed.

“He needs to play. He’s done a lot of work now. He would have been playing earlier if it wasn’t for lockdown and restart,” the Blues boss explained.

“There’s a possibility that Ruben may go out to play games because I think that would be great for him. We hold him in very high regard here. I certainly do and that could be a good option for him. If that’s not the right option he’ll be competitive in this squad as well because of the quality that he has and hopefully be a big plus for us.”

Joe Cole has urged West Ham to do all they can to keep hold of Declan Rice amid speculation the midfielder could be on his way to Chelsea this summer.

Rice has become one of the Hammers’ most important players since breaking through in 2015 and has drawn attention from Chelsea. However, Cole, who played for both clubs, wants West Ham to resist offers for their star man.

“It would be a big gamble to let him go because he is the most important player in that dressing room,” Cole told BT Sport (via the Metro ).

“We talk about what he is worth as an asset to the club financially but how much is it worth to stay in the Premier League? When you have got the back three and him and [Tomas] Soucek, and Noble to come in, all of a sudden you have got a nice solid base to build on there.

“We have talked about the disconnect between the ownership group and the fans and I think it will be a step too far if they let him go.”

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