Declan Rice told to snub Manchester United transfer amid imminent battle with Chelsea


Declan Rice has become one of the finest midfield talents in Europe over the past 12 months and the future of the West Ham favourite is the source of constant speculation.

Chelsea are set to ramp up their chase of Rice at the end of the 2021-22 campaign, understands, but it will not be an easy deal to complete.

Both Manchester United and Manchester City are also thought to be very interested in signing the 23-year-old and whatever fee is paid for him, is sure to be a hefty one.

Despite the intense interest, West Ham manager David Moyes has insisted the club are not concerned about the situation.

“Declan’s under a long contract here, under a long length of contract,” Moyes said at the end of December.

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“So from that point of view we’ve not got a big panic on. We will keep Declan as long as we possibly can, we’ve no intention of selling him. If we ever had to, I’ve said already many, many times what it would be – a shoot to the moon.”

Rice spent time in the Chelsea academy before being snapped up by the Hammers following his release.

In that time, he formed a great friendship with Mason Mount that has endured to today, and there will be hopes in west London that it could be a factor in deciding Rice’s future.

But while former Chelsea ace Joe Cole has warned the midfielder against a move to Manchester United, he has also said that a link-up with Pep Guardiola would likely appeal most to him.

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“I wouldn’t go if I was Declan Rice, no. I think you run the risk of going there and still not winning trophies,” he said on BT Sport.

“I think if Man City were on the table, you’d go there because in recent years it guarantees you trophies and I think Declan would want that,”

“But for me there’s no reason for him to not stay at West Ham if the progress is still going in that [upward] pattern, but that’s for him and the owners. He needs better players around him at West Ham to go to that next level.”

Source by Football London

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