The West manager spoke about his prized asset’s future in detail
Across the last couple of years, Declan Rice has become an extremely valued player at West Ham. Ever since making the switch from Chelsea, the midfielder has gone onto become a mainstay of his side’s playing 11.
His colossal stature has seen him not only become the talk of the town amongst West Ham circles but in the remainder of the Premier League as well. Both Chelsea and Manchester United are said to hold a keen and avid interest in the player with both the sides persistently touted to launch a bid for the player.
However, in a bid to stave off that interest, West Ham’s owner, David Sullivan is said to have slapped a 100 million pound price tag on his club captain. While it’s a behemoth value, manager David Moyes believes its still not a satisfactory one.
Moyes Addresses Rice’s Future
Speaking ahead of his side’s matchup with Leeds United on Monday, Moyes talked about Declan Rice’s value, his refusal to concur with David Sullivan and how West Ham would try to persuade Rice to stay at the club.
Moyes said: “I don’t agree with the owners that Declan Rice is a £100m footballer. Far, far more than £100m. Far, far more. “I look at the players who have joined some clubs from overseas and come in and nowhere near had the impact Declan Rice would have.
“I certainly wouldn’t put a price on it. You can decide which figure you want to put on it but I wouldn’t be sanctioning anything like that, that’s for sure.”
“Do we need the Champions League to keep Declan? No, because Declan is under contract first and foremost, so he can’t go anywhere no matter what, and I keep saying it and I hope people know that when I say something, I mean it.
“We’ve not had an offer for Declan Rice and I hope we don’t get one. And you’ve got an idea now of where we’d need to be if it was even going to be considered, certainly be me.
“If we could finish in Europe, in some sort of European position, I think it would be progress. And that would be progress for Declan Rice as well because he’s been at West Ham while they’ve been bobbing around the bottom, so this is new for Declan as well.
“Declan seems very settled and in fact he is captaining West Ham, he plays for England, and I want to keep Declan thinking that his ambitions can be achieved here at West Ham and I will have to keep pushing that and keep pushing that with the owners as well.