Chelsea legend Ashley Cole has revealed how he feels about West Ham United defensive midfielder Declan Rice.

The England international has been heavily linked with a move to Chelsea. In a chat with Sky Sports, Ashley Cole detailed what he can bring to a team.

“I think Rice can step in, in midfield. He’s been very good for West Ham,” he said, as quoted by Football London.

“He’s definitely a key player for West Ham. What he brings is, he can tackle, he can break up play, he’s clever and he can pass.

“You want him to be brave on the ball, break things up, but then penetrate through lines with the quality pass that he’s got.

“He’s a big strong lad, and he’s not afraid to put himself about and win tackles. He’s going to be integral for this team going forward.”

It’s highly unlikely Chelsea will sign Rice this summer considering the £70m asking price placed on his head by West Ham, but nothing is impossible at Chelsea at the moment.