A club insider, sharing news within the last 48 hours, has now broken one big twist in the ongoing saga of West Ham United star Declan Rice’s future.
The Lowdown: Rice eyeing exit?
Reports over the past few months have suggested, after a lack-lustre January window and falling away in the top-four race, that Rice is open to leaving West Ham this summer.
Various sources have claimed that he could leave in 2022, starting with The Telegraph, who stated in February that the manager David Moyes and GSB ‘face a battle’ to keep the England star this summer.
Since then, journalist Dean Jones has told GiveMeSport that Rice is ‘more open than ever’ to quitting Rush Green, with 90min reporter Scott Saunders going one step further and claiming he is ‘ready to leave this year’.
However, sharing a major twist, insider Claret & Hugh have now provided some good news for Irons supporters.
The Latest: C&H share Rice twist…
According to their sources, after ‘ongoing talks’ between the club, Rice and his agent/father, the 22-year-old has informed West Ham outright that he has no intention to hand in a transfer request and is focused on London Stadium life for the next 12 months ‘minimum’.
C&H go on to state that the Hammers have ‘zero concerns’ over his commitment as the summer window approaches.
However, there is a consensus that, if Rice can’t win anything in east London, he could look to move on next summer instead.
The Verdict: Big 2022/2023 ahead…
News of the England star’s commitment for next year at least comes as good news for West Ham, but going by this update, the 2022/23 season could be absolutely huge.
Much may well depend on GSB backing Moyes in the summer market and showing Rice that the club are indeed serious about building on their unprecedented success over the last two years.
It is believed that the Scotsman will have a £150m kitty at his disposal as West Ham potentially aim to make statements.
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