Jack Wilshere spells out PSG transfer fix that spells trouble for West Ham

Date published: Friday 15th October 2021 10:20 - Ciaran McCarthy

Declan Rice, Said Benrahma

Jack Wilshere has made a huge claim about West Ham star Declan Rice, believing he would not look out of place playing with some of the biggest stars in Europe.

Rice has established himself as one of Europe’s top holding midfielders in the last couple of years. As such, he has gained recognition from some big names in football.

The 22-year-old has become a mainstay in the England side, having made 27 appearances. Furthermore, he starred alongside Kalvin Phillips in the midfield at Euro 2020.

He has also developed leadership qualities, and regularly deputises as captain at West Ham, in the absence of Mark Noble.

It is clear to see Rice is a very capable player, and former teammate Jack Wilshere feels he would fit well into one of the most devastating sides in world football.

“The thing with Dec is he can cover the ground in midfield… So you think about the top teams in Europe with the front three that do what they want,” he said via TalkSPORT.

“So let’s say PSG – Neymar, Lionel Messi, Kylian Mbappe. They can do what they want up there and Dec will cover them from behind. So I could imagine him in a team like that. It’s a big shout, I know, but I think he’s got the ability and the temperament to go that far.”

While it seems an outlandish statement, Rice has proven his talent at club level and internationally, and as such has gained interest from some big clubs. The midfielder would certainly not look out of place in one of the best teams in European football.

Rice is under contract with West Ham until the summer of 2024, so a transfer would surely warrant a decent fee.

Whether Rice would want to move to Ligue 1 is another question in itself. However, the opportunity to play alongside Lionel Messi would be difficult to pass up for any player.

Rice among potential statement Prem raid

West Ham midfielder Declan Rice with on-loan forward Jesse Lingard

Rice is one of a number of players that have been linked with a move to Newcastle recently. The Magpies’ takeover has induced transfer rumours for a host of stars.

Rio Ferdinand claimed recently that Newcastle should be in the market for three Prem stars, Rice being one of which.

“I’d be going to try and make like a mad couple of signings, like huge, that I think would be gettable,” he said.

“I’d be looking at people like Raheem Sterling. Raheem Sterling’s not playing regularly, I’d go ask him the question. I’d go and ask Declan Rice, “What’s going on?”

Though Newcastle have reportedly become the richest football club on earth, it would surely be difficult to lure some of the league’s biggest stars to Tyneside at once.


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