West Ham ace Declan Rice has hinted he is very keen on playing Champions League football.
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The 22-year-old defensive midfielder has been an outstanding player for the Hammers for about two years.
It looks like Rice has reached a new level all together this season though.
Its beautiful shape has not gone unnoticed either. Manchester United, Chelsea and Manchester City are all said to be keen to sign West Ham ace (The Express).
The problem for these clubs is that the rice won’t be cheap.
David Moyes recently suggested the chance to sign Dec for a ‘£ 100million bargain’ is long gone (Eurosport).
It will likely take an offer of over £ 120million to pull Rice out of the London stadium. He is still under contract with West Ham until the summer of 2024 and we have the option to extend this agreement for an additional 12 months.
Has Declan Rice just dropped a big clue on the Champions League?
We would all like Rice to stay with the Hammers for the rest of her career… obviously.
If we fail to finish in the top four this season, who could really blame him for wanting to join a top four club in search of trophies and possibly greatness?
It would hurt if he joined Chelsea or Manchester United, of course. Man City would be a good shot for Dec, if he ends up leaving.
The good news for West Ham fans is that we may be able to keep Rice! Dec spoke to reporters and highlighted his ambition to play Champions League football, as cited by Football London:
“I want to play in the Champions League. I hope the club can enter the Champions League and my ambition of course [is] I also want to play in the Champions League. I feel young and want to keep pushing. Hopefully the club can enter the Champions League and we can keep pushing. “
Rice has scored one goal and three assists in 13 Premier League games for West Ham so far this season. During those appearances, Dec averaged 2.7 tackles, 1.8 interceptions, 0.9 clearances, 1.2 dribbles and 0.7 blocks per game (Who scored).
The 22-year-old averaged 57.1 passes per game and recorded an incredibly impressive 92.2% (Who scored) success rate.
Dec is a very good player, arguably the best in his specific position in the Premier League, if not in world football.
It is clear that West Ham will have to live up to his ambition, however, if we are to keep him at London Stadium.
Hopefully GSB and Daniel Kretinsky give David Moyes maximum support in the January transfer market.
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Because as a top four it might just be necessary to keep Declan Rice in east London for at least one more season.
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