Former West Ham striker Frank McAvennie has raised doubts over the future of Declan Rice, saying he hopes the midfielder “sorts his life out”.
Rice is in demand after breaking through at West Ham over the past few years. Reports have linked the midfielder with a move to a bigger club such as Chelsea or Manchester United.
The England international still has a long-term contract until 2024, which could be extended by another year. However, West Ham may receive big bids for him this summer.
One such bid could arrive in the shape of a swap deal from Chelsea. Recently, claims arose that the Blues would be willing to offer Michy Batshuayi plus cash to their fellow London side.
Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher has also speculated that Manchester United could sign Rice and complete his transition into becoming a defender.
Now, ex-Hammers star McAvennie has suggested that Rice has a lot of thinking to do before he makes his decision – pointing to when he took his time to choose to represent England internationally, rather than the Republic of Ireland.
“I hope Declan Rice sorts his life out,” McAvennie told Football Insider. “There are a lot of rumours about him going and I am not sure if he will stay this summer.
“Look what he did to Ireland. He could not make up his mind.
“I do not think he will be a stalwart for England over the next few years because they have got a lot of players coming through.
“Yes, Declan is playing every week but he might think that he has to go to a big club and shine to cement his place in the England side, but if he goes they will be getting big money for him.”
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David Moyes has warned interested parties away from Rice, backing the 21-year-old to stay at the London Stadium long-term.
The West Ham boss is obviously aware of the interest in Rice, but said earlier this week that he wanted to keep him.
“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.
“I think Declan could arguably be my best centre-half and my best midfield player.”