Declan Rice has admitted he would “love” to be reunited with Mason Mount at club level with Chelsea reportedly interested in re-signing the midfielder. Mount and Rice have been on the same career path for most of their young lives having grown up together in the Chelsea youth system.
Chelsea let Rice leave when he was a teenager and he went on to join West Ham where he soon signed a professional contract with the club.
At the age of 18, he made his senior debut where he has quickly established himself as one of England’s brightest prospects.
Mount, meanwhile, bided his time at Chelsea, going out on loan to Dutch club Vitesse Arnhem before breaking onto the scene in another loan spell at Derby under Frank Lampard.
Lampard would go on to become Chelsea manager after his one season at Derby and he saw enough in Mount to keep him at the club and offer him first-team football at Stamford Bridge.
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He soon made his senior debut and has been a regular in Lampard’s young side, staking his claim as one of England’s most impressive attacking midfielders.
Both Rice and Mount remain good friends to this day and have been keeping each other entertained during the coronavirus lockdown, playing video games and being in regular contact.
But they could well see more of each other once the football season starts up again with Chelsea reportedly considering making an offer to re-sign Rice in the summer transfer window.
Appearing on a live stream on Copa90’s YouTube channel, the two childhood friends were lined up to play against each other on FIFA 20 with Rio Ferdinand asking the pair of them a series of questions.
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And Rice suggested, in response to one of the questions, that he would welcome a return to Chelsea to play alongside Mount.
“Yeah I’d love to, I’d love to play with him at club level again,” he said on the Copa90 video.
“One thing we’ve always said as kid we’d love to play with each other at club and international level
“But obviously you never know because of different paths and things like that.”
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Both players could have potentially linked up for England in the Euros this summer, but the tournament has since been postponed until 2021.
England were heavily backed as one of the favourites to win the international competition and Rice is confident they would have lived up to expectations.
“I think so, 100 per cent. I think obviously there is always the expectation from people on social media and a lot of people talking,” he added.
“But I think it would be a disappointment with this euros that was supposed to have gone if we didn’t try and go all the way.”
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