ExWHUEmployee has reported that Premier League giants Manchester United and Chelsea are interested in signing West Ham United midfielder Declan Rice.
He has claimed that United were interested in the England international long before Ole Gunnar Solskjaer became the club’s manager, while indicating Chelsea could be the suitors to be more concerned about.
Rice has excelled and made a name for himself at West Ham, to the point where he has played in five of England’s last six matches, as per Transfermarkt.
Last season was when he truly became a regular in claret and blue, starting 34 Premier League matches under Manuel Pellegrini, scoring two goals, as per WhoScored.
He averaged 2.9 tackles, 1.5 interceptions, 1.6 clearances and 0.4 blocks per game, as well as making 0.8 dribbles and completing 86.4% of his attempted passes.
The early indications from this campaign are that he is being more proactive in his play, with an increase of 0.6 tackles, 0.8 interceptions, 0.1 blocks and 0.7 dribbles per game, while he has made 0.6 fewer clearances and his pass success rate has fallen by 2.8%.
Rice is continuing to grow in prominence and at 20-years-old, the expectation can be that he will do so for some time.
This means that West Ham should do all they can to keep hold of him for as long as possible, due to the fact he has become such an integral part of the team.
With offers from big clubs coming in, there is the likelihood Rice will leave eventually, but the club should try to keep him at London Stadium for now.
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