Former England international right-back Danny Mills has admitted that he wouldn’t be surprised if Declan Rice left West Ham United in the summer transfer window.
The 21-year-old has been a regular for the Hammers this season, starting in all 25 of their Premier League outings to date and even captaining them against Leicester City back in December (Transfermarkt). Despite the east London outfit struggling for form this season – indeed, they are currently languishing in the bottom three – Rice has still managed to impress.
As a result, manager David Moyes admitted recently that there is a chance that he could be sold at the end of the season after suggesting that he is arguably the “best holding midfield player in the country,” (The Guardian).
Mills has admitted that it wouldn’t be a surprise to see the seven-time England international leave. Indeed, he believes that the player will want to move on to bigger and better things whilst also insisting that the Hammers themselves may struggle to turn down an offer if it is huge money.
When discussing a potential exit for Rice and referring to Moyes’ comments in the process, Mills told Football Insider: “Does he want to be fighting relegation battles, season in, season out? Probably not.
“Again it’s big big money, and it’s very very difficult to turn down at times. He might want to go. He might be thinking ‘I want to start playing Champions League, enhance my international career’.
“I wouldn’t be surprised, if there’s a huge fee that comes in for him, that he’s allowed to go.”
You have to say that Mills is right here and whether West Ham stay up or are relegated to the Championship, you would expect Rice to move on at the end of the campaign. As mentioned, he has managed to maintain a good level of performance in a struggling side this season and on average he wins 4.5 ground duels and 3.1 tackles per game whilst also managing 2.0 interceptions and 1.2 clearances (SofaScore).
Those are decent numbers and, having already broken into the England side, he has shown that he is capable of playing at a high level. At just 21 years of age, he is likely going to get even better in the next few years too.
In order to do that, however, he would surely be better off moving on from the London Stadium to a club fighting at the top end of the table where he would play with and learn from better players.
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