By Saikat Mandal

11th Feb, 2022 | 7:30pm

David Moyes reveals West Ham ambition, raves about Declan Rice

David Moyes has suggested that West Ham midfielder Declan Rice is only stating what he has told him privately.

Rice has been superb this season for the Hammers, but the England midfielder has been frequently linked with a move away from the club.

The 23-year-old admitted in an interview with Gary Neville on The Overlap this week that he wants to win everything in the game.

Rice, like any ambitious player, wants to win trophies, and Moyes feels that West Ham also harbour the same ambition, which is to compete in the Champions League.

The Hammers boss said on Friday (11 February) as quoted by Football London: “He has just said all the words I have said to him. We want to be in the Champions League; to win the Champions League the first you have to do is qualify for it.

“We want to challenge the teams at the top. We have got European football and are now getting ourselves in a position where we are giving the top teams a game and what we want to do is build on it and Declan is a big part of it, a really important player to us and we want to try and fulfil those ambitions the same as Declan.”

Top four

Moyes is absolutely spot on here.

Getting into the Champions League is important, and that is why it is frustrating that the Hammers failed to bolster their squad in January.

If West Ham miss out on the top-four this season, the likes of Rice and Jarrod Bowen could consider their futures, although it would take a ridiculous amount of money to prise them away.

West Ham are not even thinking about it, and they should not. Rather, the focus should be on adding quality players and making the squad better.

The Hammers have started the season with a bang but they seem to have suffered a dip in form.

While they are fourth in the table at the moment, the likes of Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United can leapfrog them, as they all have games in hand.

West Ham will face Leicester City in their next Premier League game on Sunday.

In other Hammers news, View: Zouma starts, senior ace returns – predicted West Ham XI v Leicester.