Moyes knows Rice is in demand, but sets out West Ham stance

Date published: Tuesday 23rd June 2020 12:17

Declan Rice will be a wanted man this summer, says West Ham boss David Moyes, who has no intention of selling him.

Interest from Chelsea and Manchester United will come as no surprise to Moyes, who has declared Rice as his “best centre-half and my best midfield player”.

United have been reportedly tracking the England man for more than 12 months, but were put off by the huge asking price on the 21-year-old.

Now Chelsea have joined the chase with transfer expert Ian McGarry recently claiming that Frank Lampard sees Rice as the “vocal presence” and perfect in a new role for the Blues at the back.

McGarry says England midfielder Rice “indeed is very much fancied by Chelsea with regards to a return” and that has been backed up by The Athletic, who also state Lampard has his eye on the player.
Moyes told talkSPORT of the speculation surrounding Rice: “I think he will be wanted anyway (if West Ham avoid relegation). I keep reading it and keep getting told it.

“He’s a West Ham player and I want him to be a West Ham player for a long time and our intention is to stay in the Premier League.

“Nothing is crossing my mind about being in another league except the Premier League. We have to win our games and perform better than we have done.

“I think Declan could arguably be my best centre-half and my best midfield player so we have to try and see what we’ve got and who is fit (against Tottenham on Tuesday) and use him the best we can.

“We know he will give us something else as a midfield player but he showed he was defensively sound when he goes into the back line as well.

“It’s really good for Declan that he’s improved so much and can play both positions. Going forward for himself and for us it’s a great thing to have, the ability to use him at the back and as a midfield player.”

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