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Fuming Declan Rice addresses Man Utd, Chelsea rumours in massive message to West Ham

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West Ham captain Declan Rice admits the ongoing rumours over his future are ‘annoying’ and confirmed that his immediate future lies with the Hammers.

The 23-year-old England midfielder has been a regular in West Ham’s engine room since he was a teenager and has also gone to win an impressive 32 caps for his country so far.

His brilliant form since becoming a Hammers regular has seen the likes of Chelsea, Manchester United and Manchester City all linked with a move.

While City are now out of the running, after they snapped up Kalvin Phillips, both Chelsea and United both maintain an interest in the midfielder.

That interest has also been peaked by Rice only having two years remaining on his existing West Ham contract. However, the club has the option to extend that by a further year, if new contract talks don’t materialise.

The report on Sky Sports claims that while Rice is likely to move on at some stage, it won’t be this summer.

“I’m going to be captain of West Ham this season. It’s an honour,” Rice told Sky Sports.

“Whatever happens off the pitch takes care of itself. I can’t control that. What I can control is going out there and trying to be the best player every time I put on the shirt.

“It is annoying because of the numbers that get attached to your name. Obviously, you can’t control that at all.

“Sometimes you read and see stuff and you don’t want to hear because it’s not true. Like I said, I can’t really control that.

Rice repaying Moyes faith

“All I can do is go on the pitch, play football and be happy. And for the last couple of seasons, that’s what I’ve done. That’s the faith the manager has put in me. All that speculation, that’s what comes with playing well, I suppose.

“Nothing’s happened, nothing’s officially happened. I’ve always said, until anything actually happens, there’s no point talking about anything.

“I’m a West Ham player, I’ve got a contract with West Ham. I’ll always respect that. Every time I put on the shirt, I want to be the best player, I want to give 100 per cent.”

Rice and West Ham are next in action on Saturday when they head to Luton Town in a friendly.

The club’s first Premier League outing of the new campaign is the visit of champions Manchester City on August 7.

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