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Former West Ham forward Paolo Di Canio has responded to rumours linking midfielder Declan Rice with a move to Stamford Bridge.

Speaking to TalkSport, Di Canio admitted he is not shocked seeing transfer links resurface given the player’s performances at Euro 2020.

‘He’s very good,’ Di Canio said of Rice. ‘It’s not a coincidence in England that Chelsea are there because they may want something like him.

‘They have N’Golo Kante but to have Rice at this time of his career, at his age, with the prospect that he can become one of the best in his position, with all his physical presence because he is also tall.’

As recently reported, the midfielder has apparently rejected two new contract extension deals from West Ham with many suggesting he could leave the London club this summer.

‘He’s good at intercepting the ball and pressing the opponent,’ Di Canio added. ‘He is one of the best.’