Matt Jarvis has warned Declan Rice about leaving West Ham due to the impact it could have on his game time, but did concede that reported suitors Chelsea would be a good fit for him.
The 21-year-old midfielder has developed into a key player for the Hammers in the last couple of years and he’s played every minute in the Premier League so far this season.
He’s a defensive midfielder that breaks up play in front of the backline and is key for West Ham, plus he’s also earned seven senior international caps for England too.
According to the Metro, Chelsea are interested in trying to sign Rice after previously letting him leave their academy, plus Manchester United could also compete for his signature.
Jarvis has explained that he’s a big fan of midfield enforcer Rice and claims he needs to ensure that any transfer doesn’t jeopardise his England career.
“He’s a very talented young player who’s obviously playing week in, week out at West Ham and also playing for England,” Jarvis told talkSPORT.
“He’s really got on to the scene and doing extremely well. He’s going to want to continue to improve and it’s just whether he feels if it’s the right time to move on or not.
“Chelsea are a club who are going in the right direction under Frank Lampard; the youngsters are getting their opportunities, so it would be a good fit for him to go in with a few other youngsters.
“He doesn’t want to be going to a different club and be sat on the bench and not playing, because that won’t enhance his place in the England set-up.”
West Ham have had a difficult season so far that has seen them replace Manuel Pellegrini with David Moyes as manager, but there has been a few shining lights in the team.
Rice is certainly an individual that has continued to impress in the centre of the park and he doesn’t deserve to be in a side battling against relegation.
He’s still only a young talent that is going to improve with more experience, but there is no doubt he’s mature beyond his years in terms of his defensive work and he’s also underrated for his quality on the ball too.