By West Ham Zone speaking to Frank McAvennie

24th Jan, 2023 | 6:10pm

Pundit: Declan Rice will 'definitely' leave West Ham United this summer amid £80m Arsenal speculation

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Declan Rice will “definitely” leave West Ham in the summer with Arsenal set to make a move for the midfielder, according to Frank McAvennie.

The Hammers captain has been tipped to leave in the summer transfer window, with Jacob Steinberg suggesting that league leaders Arsenal are leading the race for the 24-year-old ahead of Chelsea and Liverpool in a potential £80m deal.

But while McAvennie has accepted that Rice will leave in 2023, he is surprised there isn’t more talk about him potentially moving abroad but says he must stay focused on West Ham and finish his job here before he leaves.

“Declan is definitely leaving, because he wants to challenge and play in the Champions League,” he told West Ham Zone.

“Arsenal are on the up. It’s a progress isn’t it. I was hoping that’s what they’d do at West Ham. They moved to a new stadium and I was hoping that is what would happen at West Ham.

“They got a new manager who just believed in his type of football and doesn’t want for anything else. He was weeks away from getting sacked and all of a sudden things click.

“For Declan to go there.. yeah they’d get Champions League but people haven’t talked about him going abroad.

“I don’t think he’ll got to Chelsea anymore because they’re not going to make the Champions League this year. I think Manchester United would be his perfect fit.

“I think he would be great, he’s big enough, he’s got a good head to go to Man United and be part of that revolution.

“Can I see him at Arsenal? I don’t know. I don’t know if he’d want to go there. He would play.

“They were talking about £100m and now it’s going to be £70m. I don’t know where he goes, but I wouldn’t be surprised if he goes abroad.

“Modric and Kroos at Real Madrid aren’t getting any younger, so I can see him going there to one of the big clubs, but time will tell.

“There’s been a lot of injuries at the club.

“I don’t think Declan has been in the form of his life either, but he’s moving. He’s not been bad, don’t get me wrong, he’s not done bad but he’s not done good.

“He’s not been the dominant figure he was last year.

“It’s a shame because he’s a good player, a wonderful player. I don’t know where he’s going to go.

“I keep saying I wish him all the best but finish what you’re doing at West Ham first.”