By Pranav Shahaney

11th Nov, 2021 | 1:10pm

Daniel Kretinsky investment hands West Ham chances of retaining Declan Rice

West Ham will reportedly have a better chance financially to retain the services of Declan Rice should one of the Big Six clubs show interest.

Daniel Kretinsky recently completed his investment in the London club and the Athletic’s Matt Slater was asked how this could impact their transfer strategy in January.

While not getting into the specifics of the incomings, he said that it would mean that they would no longer be forced to sell one of their prized assets to balance the books.

In his Q&A, he said, “Bringing in some quality cover is the obvious answer. But I also think the new investment will work differently. It will mean you don’t have to sell a certain all-action midfielder just because one of the Big Six comes knocking.”

This could mean that only if Rice hands in a transfer request, will the club be forced to sell him.

Given how things are currently, we don’t see a reason why the Englishman would even want to leave the club.

They finished sixth last season, are in the top three this term and look to secure European football for two seasons in a row.

Add to that, there’s more money being pumped into the club with the possibility of a complete takeover a few years down the line.

Everything signals at the club moving in the right direction and should Rice commit his future, he would undoubtedly go down as a legend.

At 22, he’s already the Hammers’ best player and leads by example every time he steps onto the field.

Despite playing for a non Big Six club, he’s established his spot in the England side, so there is no reason why he would want to leave should the Hammers break into the top four.

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