By Joe Ellis

27th Apr, 2022 | 9:06am

Danny Murphy urges Declan Rice to leave West Ham to win trophies

Declan Rice’s West Ham future is always a hot topic and there’s no sign of the talk cooling off as the Hammers prepare for their Europa League semi-final.

The 23-year-old still has three years on his current deal at the London Stadium and has shown no signs of expressing an interest to leave the club where he is vice-captain.

That will likely be upgraded to skipper next season if he is still around but Danny Murphy wants the England international to leave in a bid to win trophies elsewhere.

“Are you going to deprive yourself of another season not being able to win the Premier League and the Champions League?” Murphy said to talkSPORT.

“West Ham fans will get frustrated with people saying it constantly because I’ve had it before. If I’m him, I’m going.”

It’s the last thing David Moyes or Rice needs with a tough test against Eintracht Frankfurt awaiting in the capital tomorrow evening and a trophy potentially coming to the Irons anyway at the end of this season.

Talking nonsense

There is no real reason as to why West Ham can’t be the place Rice wins trophies and they are going a very long way to proving that this season in the Europa League.

It might not be the Champions League but you can’t run before you’ve learned how to walk and that mantra applies to football too.

Of the two Premier League clubs capable of winning the Champions League, Manchester City don’t want him with Erling Haaland their main summer target and Liverpool can’t afford the price tag.

Anywhere else, whether it be Chelsea, Manchester United, Arsenal or Tottenham, he is no closer to lifting the famous trophy. Some of those mentioned above won’t be a Champions League team next season anyway.

The only other alternative is to go abroad but Bayern Munich would surely be the only side who could go toe-to-toe with the two English supremos and they are another who would struggle to afford his price tag.

As would Real Madrid given their precarious financial position and determination to sign Kylian Mbappe too.

In other West Ham news, Moyes could receive a huge boost ahead of Frankfurt’s visit to London with a key defender nearing a miraculous injury recovery.

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