Manchester United legend, Rio Ferdinand, has revealed that West Ham’s Declan Rice would choose to join Chelsea ahead of the Red Devils if he had his wish next summer.
Man United and Chelsea have both expressed interest in signing Rice, who West Ham fear will leave the club in the 2020/21 summer.
Rice began his football career at Chelsea’s academy, before being released by the Blues at the age of 14.
The 21-year-old has gone on to become an integral player for West Ham, making 129 appearances since his first-team breakthrough back in 2015.
Speaking on the development, Ferdinand believes the England international would favour a return to Stamford Bridge where he would be reunited with best friend, Mason Mount, over a switch to Old Trafford.
“I do not think he [Declan Rice] goes this window, I think he stays there for the remainder of the season,” Ferdinand said on his FIVE YouTube channel.
“I do not think he’s the kind of kid who is going to push to leave right now.
“If it happens, it will be between the clubs. I do not think he’s going to be the person that instigates it.
“If I am being realistic – he will go in the summer and I think it would be to Chelsea if he had his wish.”