Pellegrini’s stunning claim about Declan Rice

Manuel Pellegrini has hinted West-Ham United may cash in on young prodigy Declan Rice if the right offer comes in.

Rice, 20, has risen to fame this season having enjoyed a superb season, establishing himself as a first-team regular under Pellegrini.

He was recently rewarded with his first England cap last week and has continued to attract the interest of top clubs.

And when Pellegrini was asked about the 20-year-old via Sky, he said: “In that case (of interest from teams) as always it’s just a matter of price.

“Maybe the big teams decide to pay an important amount of money.

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“If it’s a good deal for the club and it’s a good deal for the player and he improves with his career, they can do it.”

Rice equally penned down an extended deal at the club in December until 2024 and has featured 32 times for the Hammers in all competitions this season.

His versatility is a big asset to any squad considering he can be deployed in a midfield role though, a natural centre-back.

Pellegrini added: “I think that he must continue doing exactly what he’s doing now to work in the same way, to have the same mentality.

LONDON, ENGLAND – JANUARY 12: Declan Rice of West Ham United celebrates scoring the winning goal with Samir Nasri during the Premier League match between West Ham United and Arsenal FC at London Stadium on January 12, 2019, in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images)

“He knows that he must improve, that’s why he’s always listening and learning. So if he plays more games with better players, of course, he will continue improving.”

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