Media Watch: Chelsea receive Rice transfer boost, Carvalho reflects on Terry partnership and Mikel leaves Stoke City

In our look at the latest Chelsea-related news stories from the media, the Blues are reportedly interested in Declan Rice while Ricardo Carvalho reveals what he loves about John Terry.

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Blues eyeing Rice

Chelsea have received a transfer boost in any reported chase of West Ham midfielder Declan Rice in today's media stories.

According to the Daily Mail, the 22-year-old has rejected two contract offers from his club, hinting a move away from the London Stadium is possible.

The midfielder’s current contract expires in three years, with an option of an extra year, however, the Blues have continued to show interest in the player as we reportedly look to further strengthen the midfield.

Rice’s versatility allows him to be deployed as a holding midfielder or a centre-back and has cited N’Golo Kante as one of the players he watches a lot.

‘The main one I’ve always watched in my position is Kante,’ he said a few months ago. ‘The way he protects the back four, the way he intercepts, always in position.’

Carvalho praises Terry

Former Blues defender Ricardo Carvalho has reflected on the six years he spent at Stamford Bridge.

Speaking to FourFourTwo, the Portuguese legend discussed how it felt being in the Chelsea dressing room and hailed former defensive partner John Terry.

‘At Chelsea, you’d train, work, rest, take care of your life and spend time with your family,’ he said. ‘The adaption was easier for me because this was how I liked to be.’

‘We had a brilliant dressing room and achieved success on the pitch.’

Carvalho won three Premier League titles at Stamford Bridge, forming a strong partnership with Blues legend Terry in defence.

‘There are some things you simply can’t explain,’ he added. ‘Our connection was something else – if he didn’t clear the ball, he knew I would cover him and vice versa. We complemented each other.

‘It’s a real privilege in football to be able to play next to a guy you fully trust, so I have to be thankful for that. We clicked straight away, and he went above and beyond to help me adapt to the English game.’

Mikel set to join Al Kuwait SC

Former Chelsea midfielder John Mikel Obi has been announced as a new Al Kuwait SC player after cancelling his Stoke City deal by mutual consent.

According to goal.com, the former Nigeria captain has penned a one-year deal with the club that will keep him there for the 2021/22 season.

The 34-year-old featured in 41 games in all competitions for The Potters in the Championship last season.

‘Mikel is a fantastic professional,’ Stoke head coach Michael O’Neill told his club website. ‘He was a huge presence for us last season both on and off the field, particularly with the young players in our first-team squad.

‘I enjoyed working with him and would like to thank him for his contribution.’

Mikel will be looking to have a positive influence on his new club after they finished third in their league last season.

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