West Ham manager David Moyes has claimed that his side aren’t in discussions with Manchester United or Chelsea regarding the sale of Declan Rice.
“They’re not true, we’ve had no contact from either of those clubs regarding Declan, and we wouldn’t want any anyway,” Moyes told Amazon Prime (as quoted by the Daily Mail). “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 has established himself as one of the top defensive midfielders in the Premier League, which has led to questions regarding his future
Frank Lampard has reportedly made Rice a top transfer target.
Rice has become a critical component of the Hammers first-team and has even been handed the captain’s armband in Mark Nobile’s absence this season.
It is easy to see why Rice may be tempted to move back to Chelsea. He started his career with the Blues in youth levels but was released in 2014.
Chelsea’s loss was West Ham’s gain as he joined the Hammers that same year and was immediately put into the developmental ranks. Rice took less than a year to break into the club’s first-team.
Since then, he has since gone on to make 115 Premier League appearances for the club. Rice may feel that he has unfinished business to take care of at his boyhood club.