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West Ham star Declan Rice has admitted that he is inspired by Chelsea midfield N’Golo Kante as he continues to being linked with the Blues.
Rice has been having an impressive season with the Hammers as they are currently 5th in the Premier League table. The defensive midfielder has made overall 13 appearances during this season and provided one assist.
During the summer transfer window, Frank Lampard was reportedly keen on signing Rice, however, after spending more than £200million on arrivals, the Chelsea boss was unable to sanction another big-money move.
“The main one I’ve always watched is Kanté in my position,” Rice told the Times. “The way he protects the back four, the way he intercepts, always in position.
“I think I’m fairly good at that but there are still things I can do that can take me to the next level.
“Sometimes in games I get sucked out of position a little bit, attracted to the ball. I’m so enthusiastic to get the ball back for the team, I’m probably just better off saving my legs sometimes.
“I do more running than I should, put it that way.
“I’m so enthusiastic just to go and win the ball back where pretty much everything would come through me anyway if I stood right in the middle. That’s what [Sergio] Busquets and Kanté do.”