West Ham take firm stance as Man Utd, Man City enquire over midfielder

Date published: Wednesday 19th June 2019 1:54

West Ham United have knocked back an approach from both Manchester City and Manchester United for Declan Rice, a report claims.

The 20-year-old midfielder started 34 Premier League matches in 2018-19, making his England debut and earning a place among the nominees for the PFA Young Player of the Year award in the process.

Rice, who in December signed a new deal with the Hammers running to 2024 with the option of a further year, has been linked with a move to United in the past.

When asked about interest from other clubs in May and how he was dealing with that, Rice responded: “Everything’s good.

“I know there’s speculation but during the season I signed a new five-year contract with West Ham, so my focus is fully on playing for West Ham.

“I have a great connection with the fans. The fans love me, I love them, and that’s the way it is at the moment. I’m not thinking about anything else.”

Now, Sky Sports News provides an update on the situation by claiming that both Manchester clubs asked about Rice’s availability this summer.

However, both were told in no uncertain terms that he is not for sale, and Solskjaer is not willing to spend big on an area that is not considered a priority.

Likewise, Pep Guardiola is looking at other targets, with Atletico Madrid’s Rodri rumoured to be joining the Premier League champions in a €70m deal.

 

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