'It is crazy' - Declan Rice shares thoughts on £100m West Ham valuation
Declan Rice has admitted he feels his £100m valuation from West Ham is ‘crazy’ amid summer transfer interest from top Premier League clubs.
The Hammers vice-captain has been one of the stand-out players in the country over the last two years and has attracted interest from all of Chelsea, Man City and Manchester United about a summer move [Telegraph].
But West Ham are adamant they won’t be letting him leave on the cheap, with David Moyes publicly claiming he is now worth more than £100m. Rice was speaking to the Standard when he shared his thoughts on that interest and price tag.
“You hear those numbers and for me it is crazy,” he said.
“All I can do is go out there and perform, regardless of the price tag. I just need to focus on playing well and performing at the best level I can.”
Rice has two years remaining on his contract, but the club have an option to extend that by a further year if they want to.
There’s no doubting that Rice is one of the best midfielders in the Premier League currently and his performances are consistently showing that.
So it’s no surprise that the Hammers want mega money to part ways with him, because it will be nigh on impossible for them to replace him directly.
At just 23-years-old there is so much room for him to improve too and West Ham know that no matter what money they get for him, they’re a better team with him in it.
So while Rice may think a nine-figure sum is ‘crazy’ for him, and it probably is, it’s pretty clear why West Ham want that much for him and the likelihood is that they’ll get it.
They have all the leverage in any potential deal and while Rice does want a move to a top club, the chances of him making a scene to get one are slim right now so why not try their luck?
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