West Ham manager, David Moyes, has admitted that the Hammers could well lose star midfielder, Declan Rice.
The young England midfielder has been one of few shining lights for the Hammers this season. Alongside Mark Noble in the middle, Rice is one of a handful of players to not be under pressure from West Ham fans.
However, his form – plus West Ham’s poor Premier League performance – could now see Rice leave the club.
And new manager Moyes has made no attempt to hide the fact that he could lose one of his key performers.
“Quite often when building a club you have to sell. I hope it’s not the case with Declan but I said the same with Wayne Rooney and Joleon Lescott [at Everton],” Moyes said. (Guardian)
“But the team got better because we were able to sign the right players to replace them. If that ever came around [Rice leaving] I’d hope we’d be able to do the same here as well.”
Rice has been integral for the Hammers. He’ll also be hoping to be given the nod for England this summer when they attempt to win Euro 2020.
Moyes claims Rice is ‘arguably the best holding midfielder in the country’. However, with such a tag will come interest.
Indeed, the likes of Manchester United have already reportedly sent scouts to watch Rice this season.
A case of when, not if with Rice – TBR View
Even without West Ham doing so poorly, you get the feeling Rice would be on the move anyway.
He really is that good. He stands out in this current West Ham side like a sore thumb.
Obviously, such form and performance levels will mean interest from above. Given the Hammers are down at the bottom of the table, there’s a lot of teams above them as things stand.
It would, therefore, be something of a miracle of West Ham can indeed keep hold of Declan Rice.