According to reports, West Ham United think they can become a’real force’ in the Premier League by keeping Declan Rice and will not consider any proposals for the midfielder.
Rice has been one of the Hammers’ best performers this season, helping them climb to third position in the table, leapfrogging Liverpool when the Hammers beat the Reds 3-2 last weekend.
The Hammers are aiming for Europe after becoming galvanised under David Moyes’ leadership, and Rice has become one of the team’s focal points, earning high praise from the likes of Gary Neville, Rio Ferdinand, and John Terry, who dubbed him the best defensive midfielder in the world.
His performances in the centre of the park have piqued the curiosity of some of the Premier League’s finest clubs, including Chelsea, Man City, and Manchester United, but the Sun reports they will struggle to lure him away from the London Stadium.
West Ham want to build their future on the 22-year-old and believe he can help them challenge for Europe on a regular basis, according to the source. Rice is seen as a “symbol of what West Ham represents,” and the club wants him to take center stage, especially with Czech billionaire Daniel Kretinsky slated to spend £150 million for a 27% interest in the team.
Source: Daily Mail