‘I’m sure he’ll’: Ferdinand shares what West Ham star Declan Rice will be hoping for next summer
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'I'm sure he'll': Ferdinand shares what West Ham star Declan Rice will be hoping for next summer

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Speaking on the Vibe with FIVE podcast, Rio Ferdinand has made a transfer claim about West Ham United star Declan Rice.

The 22-year-old is undoubtedly the Hammers’ best player. He’s arguably even the best midfielder in the Premier League at the moment. He’s that good and it is no secret that every top club in the country would love to sign him.

Ferdinand, who once left West Ham for Leeds before switching them for a top club in Manchester United, has had his say on what could happen in the summer transfer window.

The Old Trafford legend believes that Rice would be hoping to follow in his footsteps – not to Leeds or Manchester United – but by leaving West Ham without handing in a transfer request.

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Asked if Rice would like to leave West Ham next summer, Ferdinand said: “When you talk about top players, when top clubs come to them, they want to play in the top competitions. West Ham, at the moment, unless they finish in the top four, they can’t offer him Champions League football.

“He’s going to be sitting there looking at his mate, Mason Mount, and the other guys in the England squad. Them guys will be playing in the Champions League. It’s natural for any human being to want that and to have aspirations to go to that level. It’s just a matter of when he’s going to go.

“It happened to me! I played at West Ham, I wanted to do things at West Ham, it wasn’t happening. West Ham accepted a bid, I didn’t put in a transfer request. That’s the little element where I’m sure Declan would want it to go the way it went for me where he doesn’t have to put in a transfer request.

“He’d prefer it if someone puts in a bid and the club says ‘we can’t turn it away.’ He’d then go, ‘that’s the best-case scenario for me’. I’m sure he’ll say that.”

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Rice, even though he’s still only 22, is among the best midfielders in the Premier League. He has everything in his game and he will only get better in the coming years.

West Ham would love to keep hold of him forever, but that’s unlikely. He will move on to bigger things next summer or the year after that, but the Irons will definitely make a lot of money on his sale.

That’s the best thing for all parties involved. Rice gets his big move, West Ham make a fortune and the club that signs the Englishman will have an incredible player in the middle of their park.

It will be interesting to see where Rice will end up if/when he leaves West Ham. Only a handful of clubs in the country can afford him, but the one thing that’s almost certain is that he’ll be a success wherever he goes.

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