Declan Rice has said that he would like to stay at West Ham United despite Manchester United links.
Manchester United are planning for a massive revamp in the summer transfer window. The Red Devils boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is aiming for ‘Young and British’ players to cultivate the club’s tradition, which has been a massive letdown since Sir Alex Ferguson’s departure.
Declan Rice has been the name thrown in the gauntlet more often over the last few weeks. The English International has been one of West Ham United’s best player and has received adulation from numerous pundits this season. He was close to leaving the club last summer, but Manuel Pellegrini did enough to wind the interest off and brief about the club’s plans.
He has been recently called up for England’s UEFA Nations League squad. In an interview, Rice has said that he would like to continue at Olympic Stadium amidst interest from Manchester United.
Rice said: “I know that there’s speculation but I signed a five-year contract with West Ham during the season. So my focus is fully on playing for West Ham. I’ve got a great connection with the fans; the fans love me and I love them and that’s the way it is at the moment. I’m not thinking about anything else, for sure.”
Declan Rice will prove to be a good option to replace Nemanja Matic in the defensive midfield area. The 20-year-old has made 34 appearances in the Premier League this season, thereby earning a fair share of admiration like the world-class players in the league. If the manager decides to change his tactics by playing back three, Rice would fit nicely in that setup as well.
The Red Devils are eliciting about other positions. There are various loopholes and right-winger, centre-back and a midfielder would smoothen the conundrums at Old Trafford currently. Nevertheless, Declan Rice has tons of potential and could prove to be a good signing. If West Ham are forced to listen to offers, the Hammers would demand a fee around 60 million to prise him away.
Here’s how Twitter reacted..
“I have a great connection with the fans. The fans love me, I love them, and that’s the way it is at the moment”
— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) May 29, 2019
Declan Rice says he’s focused on delivering for England after the “backlash” over his decision to switch allegiance.
— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) May 29, 2019
Declan Rice talks down summer exit but sets long-term sights on Champions League football https://t.co/XiaitmveKl
— Indy Football (@IndyFootball) May 29, 2019
Declan Rice’s focus ‘fully on West Ham’ despite Manchester United rumours https://t.co/59kh2lceXl
— Guardian news (@guardiannews) May 28, 2019
— Football News papers (@PapersFootball) May 29, 2019
Manchester United are expected to spend heavily in the summer transfer window. The Red Devils finished sixth in the league table last time and they would desire to improve on that aspect and secure Champions League football.