By Dean White

5th May, 2022 | 12:10pm

Declan Rice could decide to quit West Ham United before the end of Thursday

West Ham have one of the biggest matches in their recent history tonight when they play away at Frankfurt in the second leg of their Europa League semi-final.

David Moyes’ men lost 2-1 in the first leg in East London and head to the Deutsche Bank Park knowing that they face a massive task in their bid to each the final against either RB Leipzig or Rangers.

It would be an incredible achievement for Moyes, within the space of a few seasons, to take the Irons from a Premier League relegation battle to the final of a European competition – but here we are.

And if the Irons win the Europa League, a spot in the Champions League awaits and that is bound to have a massive impact on Declan Rice’s future.

Rice, 23, is one of the most gifted midfielders in world football and is understandably linked with a move away from the London Stadium.

Chelsea, Manchester United and Manchester City are among those who are continually linked with the England midfielder.

You can see why – he’s absolutely world-class.

However, West Ham’s second leg showdown with Frankfurt in Germany on Thursday night [5 May] could be one of Rice’s final appearances for the Hammers unless they win.

The Times reported on 29 April that West Ham “have 90 minutes to keep” Rice after their first-leg defeat to the Germans.

It was reported that the English international would be tempted to leave the London Stadium unless West Ham are able to at least make it to the Europa League final.

It’s make or break for Rice tonight, it seems. And due to the disappointment of a barren January transfer window and the resulting slide down the Premier League table, a spot in a major European final, some silverware and the Champions League are the only things that could keep the star Iron from moving on.

Rice is a young, hungry and talented young man who deserves to be playing in the Champions League.

We really do wish he’s doing so in the claret and blue of West Ham United.

In other West Ham news, the winner has been named in West Ham’s race to seal a major centre-forward signing in the summer.

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