West Ham boss David Moyes has confirmed that the club are yet to receive an official offer from Chelsea or Manchester United for midfielder Declan Rice. Chelsea have had a long-standing interest in the midfielder, who used to be a part of their youth setup before being snatched away by the Hammers. However, Manchester United have made a late entry into the race to sign the player, who has been creating a lot of headlines – at club and international level – despite being only 22 years old.
Rice is a versatile player who is capable of playing in defence or midfield. He has been displaying remarkable composure and quality on the ball to easily suggest that he could be set for a very bright future. Despite being only 22, Rice has already featured in more than 10 matches for the England national team. According to Goal.com, Moyes said: “They're not true [rumours of a bid], we've had no contact from either of those clubs regarding Declan and we wouldn't want any anyway.
He's doing great for us, he's a big leader now, he's taken a lot of the weight off Mark Noble. He's turning out to be a really good player but also a really good boy and good around the club.”
Rice was part of the West Ham team which managed to get a 1-0 win over Burnley on Saturday. Even though the defensive midfielder has been doing exceptionally well in all of his 18 league appearances this season, it is hard to deny the possibility of a big-money move. West Ham, though, are in a very strong position with regards to their ability to keep Rice, as the England international has a contract until 2024. The club also have an option of an additional year.
Chelsea or Manchester United may have to end up paying in excess of £50 million for the youngster. After having splashed more than £200 million on new signings in the summer, Chelsea are still searching for the missing link in the team. The arrival of Declan Rice could have a new era at Chelsea, and it would also hasten the departure of underperformers like Jorginho.