Declan Rice is committed to his West Ham contract and not a move to Manchester United.
In an interview reported by football.london, Rice opens up about the interest United shown in him and his commitment to West Ham.
This will not be the comments United will want to hear from a player that would have a serious impact on the Red Devils midfield.
Last season saw the 20-year-old miss only a handful of games for the Hammers. He cemented his place in the starting line-up. Plus he became a part of the England senior squad setup.
All these achievements made United’s interest even more inevitable. Ole GunnarSolskjaer’s mandate for new recruits as he tried to rebuild was a focus on young hungry talent.
Rice ticked all the boxes. The only problem is he doesn’t want to leave West Ham.
“Don’t get me wrong, I think I’ve got the ability to play for a club like that.”
“But it’s all about the timing and I don’t think the timing is right for me at all.”
“I’ve still got so much to learn.”
“I’m loving it at West Ham.”
“The connection between me and the supporters is special. I’ve become one of the fans’ favourites and the manager likes me.”
“It’s the best place for me to be playing my football.”
“I’ve signed a contract here for the next few years and I’m looking forward to playing this season and the season beyond, so we’ll just see where it goes.”
“To be called a West Ham legend in the future, maybe, would be a real honour.”
While this will be music to the ears of West Ham fans and manager Manuel Pellegrini, it will be rather disappointing to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Manchester United.
After a poor start to the season, a failure to replace the likes of Ander Herrera with some steel in the midfield has become apparent.