Rio Ferdinand has told his YouTube channel that he thinks Declan Rice leaving West Ham is inevitable, but he does not expect the youngster to move until the summer.
Rice’s future has been a talking point throughout his time in the Hammers first-team. He has developed into one of the best holding midfielders in the Premier League.
The Daily Mirror reported at the weekend that joining Chelsea would be Rice’s preferred move. The 21-year-old was released by the Blues as a teenager.
It is noted that West Ham value Rice at £80 million. And while Ferdinand believes that Rice moving to Stamford Bridge seems highly likely at this stage, he does not expect the England international to kick up a fuss if he looks set to stay this month.
“I don’t think he goes this window,” he told his YouTube channel. “I think he’ll stay there for the remainder of the season. I don’t think he’s the kind of kid that’s going to push to leave right now. If it happens, it’ll be between the clubs, I don’t think he’s going to be the person that instigates it. I think he’s quite a laid back kid in that sense.
“I think it’s inevitable that he’s going to go. But I think he’ll go in the summer,” he went on to add.
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West Ham fans will have known for a long time that there would come a point where keeping Rice would become incredibly difficult.
He has progressed at the level supporters hoped he would when he came into the side. And he has gone on to make 129 appearances for the club in all competitions.
It would be a huge blow to lose him when he does leave. And it would be no surprise if many supporters agreed with Ferdinand and were bracing themselves for a long summer window.
David Moyes is going to struggle to replace Rice in his squad, even with an £80 million fee potentially coming in.