Rio Ferdinand has questioned the future of Declan Rice, as he thinks the West Ham star “sees himself going to a bigger club”.
Rice has become one of the Premier League’s most consistent performers in recent seasons. The midfielder has racked up 167 appearances in the top flight with West Ham.
Rice was a crucial member of the West Ham side that made it to the Europa League semi-finals. The 23-year-old did not miss a minute of the knockout portion of the tournament, and he also scored three goals.
Even before this season, Rice was being tipped for a move away from West Ham. All of the Premier League’s biggest clubs have been linked with a move for him at one time or another.
The Hammers have stayed firm, though, and manager David Moyes values his star at over £100million. Despite the hefty valuation, the likes of Chelsea, Manchester City, Liverpool and Manchester United could likely afford that fee.
As such, there is still a chance Rice moves on from the east London outfit soon. Former Man Utd star Ferdinand has questioned Rice’s future, noting it is currently in his own hands.
“It all depends on what Declan Rice wants to do with his career,” he said on Rio Ferdinand Presents FIVE.
“If wants to do a Mark Noble and stay at one club in the Premier League – Declan Rice will be the captain for the next ten years if he wants. It’s there if he wants to do that.
Rice has already begun to establish himself as a legend at West Ham. Staying for the foreseeable future would only further his cause as a club legend, and put him in the same bracket as Noble.
Rice faces big decision
With a host of sides keen on taking him on board, Ferdinand thinks Rice has a big decision to make.
“You’ve got to ask Declan Rice a question; does he leave West Ham who are basically fighting Man United for the same position?” Ferdinand said.
“If he does go to somewhere like United, [he could] be the catalyst for the next generation, for winning stuff, and you could lead that charge.
“But if you want to win trophies right at this moment, there is a big question over that.”
At just 23 years of age, Rice’s career is not going to be ending any time soon. With that being said, he has time to make a decision, rather than rushing into a choice.
However, it is unlikely that he will remain at West Ham for the rest of his career. There is of course the question of when he will leave, and to which club will he go.