By Nick Ware

9th Nov, 2021 | 8:10am

Rio Ferdinand: Declan Rice's value has soared after West Ham start to 2021/22 campaign

Rio Ferdinand suggests it will take a huge fee for a club to sign West Ham midfield star Declan Rice after his start to the 2021/22 campaign.

Rice, 22, has been instrumental in guiding the Irons to third place in the Premier League table after 11 games.

The England international has scored once and supplied three assists in the league so far, and he produced a terrific display on Sunday as Liverpool were beaten 3-2 at the London Stadium.

Speaking on the Rio Ferdinand Presents FIVE YouTube Channel [08/11/21], ex-Irons defender Ferdinand suggests his value has soared in the last few months.

“He’s arguably been the best midfielder in the country,” Ferdinand said. “He has dominated games, he’s played with maturity. The Euros, something’s clicked with him different. His game management, the way he can change the pace of the game at times.

“When I was at West Ham I always felt I could go to the top and there were more levels in me, and I think Declan probably feels the same. But why’s he going to want to leave West Ham right now? They’re third in the league.

“For anyone to prise him out of West Ham, they’re going to have to pay big money. That’s the problem that anyone’s going to have now. They probably could have got him and pushed the boat out and went £50/60million in the summer.”

Reputation keeps rising

This is Rice’s fifth full season in the Premier League, and he just keeps on getting better and better.

There were those that questioned whether he could add anything new to his game and if his career would start to plateau.

However, he has taken his game to new heights by adding goals and assists to his name.

A direct contribution of four goals and assists has already matched his best-ever Premier League tally, set in the 2019/20 campaign, and he has also scored twice in the Europa League this season to help the Irons to top spot after four games in their group.

The good news for West Ham is that he shows no signs of slowing down as he bids to steer the Irons to Champions League qualification.

In other West Ham news, Darren Gough predicts the Irons to make a major move in the January transfer window to sign this player.

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