Tuchel’s press conference earlier this week proved that Rice is obviously a topic of conversation at Stamford Bridge, the former PSG boss said: “I am absolutely aware that he is a Chelsea boy and he comes through the academy and he is very close to our guys.
“He’s a very strong player and in general, I am absolutely impressed by (Tomas) Soucek and him, what they do since I came into the Premier League. What they do for West Ham.
“They are real helpers on the pitch, they have an incredible volume both of them. They take responsibility for high pressing, for deep defending, for filling the gaps on the wings, for deep build-up, for goals from set pieces. Both of them are simply doing everything.”
However, if Tuchel was desperate to sign Rice then he may have been able to convince owner Roman Abramovich to do so this summer, especially considering the Blues signed striker Romelu Lukaku for £97.5m from Inter Milan at, what seemed, the snap of the fingers.
Chelsea will probably be linked, again, with Rice in January given the reports that his contract talks have stalled, but whether Tuchel sees the defensive-minded midfielder as a necessary big investment remains to be seen.