West Ham manager David Moyes has insisted that they won’t panic over the future of Declan Rice, despite ongoing speculation linking him with a move elsewhere.
However, to the midfielder’s credit, Rice has been one of the most consistent performers in the Premier League over the past two seasons.
It’s no wonder that he has been linked with moves not only to United but Chelsea, although the sanctions imposed on the Stamford Bridge club could see those plans put to bed.
Following an update from Fabrizio Romano, stating that the 23-year-old had turned down a third contract offer from West Ham, Moyes said the situation isn’t necessarily bd news for the Hammers.
He said: “I’ve said it [where I stand] and I think we have said what we think.
“We like Dec and he’s got three-and-a-half years to go on his contract so I don’t think there is any big panic.
“Maybe he just wants more money. People do turn down contracts. It is not unusual for players at clubs to turn down contracts, maybe it is a negotiation tactic.”
🗣 “I sold Wayne Rooney and Everton got better.”
West Ham boss David Moyes discusses the possibility of selling Declan Rice and the implications that would bring to the club. 💰 pic.twitter.com/xtuzRCTbvh
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Moyes added: “I sold Wayne Rooney and Everton got better. It doesn’t always mean that things don’t happen. We’ve said before that we’ve got no intention of selling so I don’t know why you keep asking.”