Rio Ferdinand has questioned about why Manchester United would be an attractive option for Declan Rice given West Ham’s rise up the table this season.
Following Sunday’s thrilling 3-2 win over Liverpool, the Hammers, who were beaten 2-1 by United back in September, are now up to third in the Premier League table, just three points behind current league leaders Chelsea.
The Hammers currently find themselves on a four-game winning run and have been excellent so far this season in every department, with United and Brentford being the only two sides to take maximum points off them.
Their strong start to the campaign could help them retain the services of midfield ace Rice, who, as reported by the Manchester Evening News back in September, has been earmarked as a priority signing for United to bolster their defensive-midfield options.
Although the lure of a club the size of United is always going to help the Reds, West Ham will fancy their chances of retaining his services because of their current league position and the continued progress they’re currently making.
Ferdinand, who himself is formerly a West Ham player, says he would struggle to understand why Rice would leave the London Stadium with David Moyes’ side performing so well.
“He’s arguably been the best midfielder in the country. He has dominated games, he’s played with maturity,” Ferdinand told his YouTube channel, FIVE.
“The Euros, something’s clicked with him differently. His game management, the way he can change the pace of the game at times.
“When I was at West Ham I always felt I could go to the top and there were more levels in me, and I think Declan probably feels the same.
“But why’s he going to want to leave West Ham right now? They’re third in the league.”
Rice, who has scored one goal and grabbed three assists in the Premier League so far this season, is under contract at the London Stadium until the summer of 2024. It is believed that the Hammers value the England international at more than £100million.
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