Declan Rice’s desire to win trophies set to alert Chelsea ahead of January

West Ham midfielder Declan Rice says winning trophies is very much at the forefront of his mind as big clubs look to prise him away from the London Stadium.

Rice has developed into one of the Premier League's best defensive midfielders and starred for England under Gareth Southgate.

Unsurprisingly his performances have caught the eye of big clubs and Chelsea are at the front of the queue with Blues boss Frank Lampard a huge admirer.

The Hammers value Rice at around £80million and it remains to be seen whether Chelsea will make a move for him in the January transfer window.

Chelsea look set to challenge for the Premier League and Champions League, two competitions Rice is unlikely to win while at West Ham.

Speaking in an interview with Sky Sports, Rice was asked about his long-term targets and made clear the importance of silverware.

"As a footballer, you only get one career and it goes by very quick," he said.

"You want to be successful for club and country. I think it’s an important thing to win trophies.

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"There’s talk of Harry Kane at Spurs and what he should be doing, obviously he can do whatever he wants. He’s going to win trophies we all know that.

"I think that’s something I want to aim for as well.

"I’m only 21 but to get those highs of your career you need to win stuff and that’s what I want to do."

Speaking at the weekend, Hammers boss David Moyes admitted he was concerned about an over-reliance on Rice.

“He is such an improved player,” said Moyes. “I really think he is doing a great job as a player and we are building up hope that he will be an outstanding captain.

“The role, his responsibility he takes on the pitch because of his young age, his leadership qualities will build. He has learned from Harry Kane and Mark Noble.

“My biggest concern – and I know he is young – would be that I don’t want us to rely too heavily on him.”

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