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Ashton – Rice is nowhere near a 100 million pound man

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West Ham United midfielder and rumoured target for Manchester United Declan Rice is not worth 100 million pounds or anything close to that figure.

There has been plenty of speculation surrounding the future of West Ham United’s midfielder Declan Rice.

The 20-year-old England international has been a standout player for Manuel Pellegrini’s team, and this has led to the rumour mill going into overtime.

The figure being bandied around is anywhere from 80 – 100 million.

While former Hammer Dean Ashton is a big fan of Rice, he feels the valuation is a bit wide of the mark.

In an interview with Goal, he wants the player to grow more in East London before considering a big-money move.

He said:

“I feel as if he’s still got improvements to make and there is no better place to learn and do that than West Ham.”

“He might need another season or two under his belt before making a move like there, where suddenly the pressure does become a lot more.”

“I certainly wouldn’t be in any rush if I was Declan Rice.”

“I think he’s in the right place to keep progressing his career.”

Rice has impressed Ashton but there is still room for improvement.

He added:

“He reads the game very well, he breaks the play up superbly.”

“On the ball nowadays, you want your holding midfield players to dictate the tempo and I’m not quite sure he’s got that.”

“Where I would like to see improvement is on the ball, being comfortable, being able to dictate the pace in what is such an integral position now.”

Ashton understands the lure of a big club like Manchester United, but he feels Rice should be in no rush.

He continued:

“They[ [Manchester United are a huge football club that would always be in the running for someone like Declan Rice.”

“But I wouldn’t be in any rush whatsoever if I was him.”

“He does love the football club and I’m not sure he would be in any rush unless the move was absolutely spot on.”

As for the price, he simply does not see Rice at this given moment in time warranting that kind of money.

He concluded:

“I can’t see that. That’s a ridiculous amount for a player of his quality at the moment.”

“I don’t think he’s anywhere near a £100m player. It is daft money nowadays.”

Given Manchester United’s recent spending spree, and the players Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has sought out.

Declan Rice fits the mandate of the new players United wish to acquire.

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PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC – OCTOBER 11: Declan Rice of England sings the national anthem during the UEFA Euro 2020 qualifier between Czech Republic and England at Sinobo Stadium on October 11, 2019 in Prague, Czech Republic. (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)