West Ham ‘insist Declan Rice is not for sale’ amid continued interest from Chelsea as they hold firm on their £150million asking price… despite the England midfielder’s ‘reluctance to sign a new contract’
West Ham remain adamant that Declan Rice is ‘not for sale’ despite his ‘reluctance to negotiate a new contract’ and interest from Chelsea.
The Hammers have kept a stern resolve when it comes to hanging on to Rice and they have long insisted that the 23-year-old will not be sold for anything less than their £150million asking price.
Rice impressed last season with 50 appearances across all competitions as David Moyes’ side finished seventh in the Premier League and made it to the Europa League semi finals.
West Ham remain adamant that Declan Rice is not for sale amid interest from Chelsea
According to reports in Football.London, Chelsea remain interested in Rice, but the Hammers are ‘adamant’ he is not for sale.
They also reported the England international is unsure about signing a contract extension as he considers a future away from the London Stadium.
Rice does have links with the Blues after joining their academy as a seven year-old. He became a Hammer at the age of 14 after Chelsea released him.
Despite their impressive European run last season, West Ham have not won a major trophy this century, which may be a concern for the ambitious young midfielder.
Thomas Tuchel is keen to bring Rice to Stamford Bridge in the summer transfer window
But the Hammers do not wish to sell their star midfielder for anything less than £150million
‘I have always said it, I don’t want to have a career where I’ve not won anything,’ Rice told Gary Neville on the Overlap podcast.
‘Growing up as a kid I’ve seen all these top players win the trophies, win the Premier League, the Champions League.
‘Me as a football fan and a player I want to win the best stuff, I want to win the Premier League, I want to lift that trophy, I want to win the Champions League, I want to win the FA Cups, League Cups, even with England, I want to win it all.’
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