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West Ham United are ready to reject all bids for Declan Rice in the belief they can meet his lofty ambitions themselves. The Hammers are on the rise, and Rice’s transition into one of Europe’s most complete midfielders has heavily contributed to that.
He’s taken his game to another level this season after becoming an England regular and David Moyes’ captain at the London Stadium.
Among Premier League players, the 22-year-old has ranked first in blocks, interceptions, passing accuracy, possession won, successful passes, and tackles won this term.
Rice has formed a formidable partnership with Tomas Soucek in the middle of the park, and both midfield stars have been integral to the club’s recent success under Moyes.
Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United have all been strongly linked with a move, but West Ham maintain a firm stance on his future.
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Declan Rice has heavyweight suitors. (Image: GETTY)
According to The Sun, West Ham aren’t entertaining the idea of Rice leaving and believe he is the key to the club becoming one of the Premier League’s most immense forces.
They are aiming from the skies ahead of investment from Czech billionaire Daniel Kretinsky, nearing a £150m deal for a 27 per cent stake in the club.
The east London outfit believe they can provide Rice with Champions League football, which could be enough incentive to make him stay.
And even if Chelsea, Man City, United or any other heavyweight suitors put a £100million offer on the table, they will likely be met with rejection.
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Although Rice has recently rejected two contract offers, his current deal has three years left with the option of a further year.
West Ham are relaxed about the situation and will be confident they can retain their star man if their meteoric rise to prominence continues.
The Hammers are third in the Premier League, three points behind leaders Chelsea, and are already through their Europa League group with two games to spare.
And ex-West Ham star Rio Ferdinand has suggested Rice has been the best midfielder in England this season.
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Declan Rice is enjoying an immense season. (Image: GETTY)
He told his Vibe with FIVE podcast: “He [Rice] has arguably been the best midfielder in the country [this season].
“He has dominated games; he has played with maturity. [Since] the Euros, something’s clicked in him differently.
“His game management, the way he can change the pace of a game at times, we saw that at Newcastle earlier in the season.
“He’s added goals now. There’s a maturity in his game for one so young that he’s got levels still to go.”