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Moyes – West Ham wants to keep Rice

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David Moyes insists West Ham United does not want to sell Declan Rice and is not encouraging any offers.

Declan Rice was a product of the Chelsea academy. However, he left Stamford Bridge in search of regular first-team opportunities. He ended up in east London at West Ham United.

There the 21-year-old has become the heart of the Hammers team and become earmarked as a future leader in the midfield for the England team.

The kinds of stats and performances he has been churning out on a regular basis have seen him linked with several top sides. Most notably a return to Chelsea and even a move to Manchester United to join Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s revolution.

However, West Ham under the guidance of David Moyes has managed to survive the drop this season and now look to build on that survival and aim a little higher up the table in 2020/21.

Moyes and the club’s owners see Rice as part of that plan, and while they don’t rule out him leaving they are not encouraging any interest. 

Speaking to the  Evening Standard, so far there have been no offers for the midfielder and Moyes hope it stays that way.

He said:

 “At the moment there have been no offers for Declan and we don’t want any. There’s always interest but we don’t want to encourage it.”

“We would like to strengthen in a lot of areas. We’re lacking in defensive cover. We’re also looking to see who could move on, because that could change the direction we take during the transfer window.”

“We’re trying to bring in a younger group but we will also need a couple of experienced players. Central defenders are usually better when they’re more experienced.”