Dean Jones: Declan Rice not likely to seek West Ham exit next summer
West Ham midfielder Declan Rice is a wanted man in the Premier League after establishing himself as a force to be reckoned with in recent months.
The England international, 22, was linked with the likes of Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea in the summer, but Eurosport transfer expert Dean Jones does not see him seeking an exit anytime soon.
Rice has two-and-a-half years left on his current Hammers deal, with the option of another year, and the club are keen to hand him a new contract.
Jones told GIVEMESPORT: “I’d be very, very surprised if he left in the next year or so now.
“I think that the tide turned really and his big moment passed. Now he is fully focused on what he is doing at West Ham.”
West Ham value Rice at more than £100million, and while that will not be an issue for the likes of Manchester City, it appears the player himself is no longer eyeing an exit.
David Moyes’ side have started the campaign on an impressive note and are currently third in the Premier League table.
They are in the quarter-finals of the League Cup and have also booked a place in the last-32 of the Europa League, and ending the campaign with their first piece of silverware since 1980 is possible.
With everything happening at the London Stadium right now, leaving will be the last thing on Rice’s mind.
West Ham are also expected to undergo major squad investment after Czech billionaire Daniel Kretinsky completed the purchase of a 27 per cent stake in the club.
With a full takeover possible in the near future, the Irons could be challenging for top-four and silverware regularly, and that would definitely convince any player to stay.
The club could finally start matching Rice’s ambitions, and fans would be pleased to see him spend the rest of his career with the side.
In other West Ham news, ExWHUemployee has claimed Kretinsky could see Hammers sign extraordinary int’l striker.