By Joe Ellis

18th May, 2022 | 4:40pm

West Ham United legend Tony Carr asks Declan Rice to stay with the Irons

Declan Rice is the subject of a lot of transfer interest at the moment but Tony Carr has urged him to stay at West Ham United for now.

The legendary former Hammers youth development coach saw the 23-year-old vice-captain come to Rush Green having been released by Chelsea and helped to sculpt him into the player he is today.

Carr left the club soon after Rice had joined though after 43 years of service to the club and still keeps a very close eye on proceedings at his former club and he believes the England international should remain at the London Stadium.

“I’d hate to see him go this summer, personally, because we’ve got a World Cup coming up in November,” Carr said to Tribal Football.

“He’s an integral part of the England team and arguably he’s only going to go to one of Chelsea, Manchester United, Manchester City and Liverpool. And would he be a regular in those teams? Would he play every week?

“And if he doesn’t play every week. Look at Grealish at City, he rarely starts and would that hinder his England chances in a World Cup year?

“So I think there will be all those thoughts going through Declan’s head at the moment. My advice would be stay at West Ham, have a good World Cup and then maybe move in January or the following summer.”


It wouldn’t be the most ridiculous decision on Rice’s part to stay at the London Stadium for a little while longer because there isn’t a very obvious destination for him to go instead.

Man City might not have the finances to pull off such a deal having already purchased Erling Haaland this summer and the same can be said of both Liverpool and Chelsea, especially in their current predicament.

It’ll be either Arsenal or Tottenham in that final Champions League place, which is where Rice wants to play his football, but he’s not leaving the Hammers for either of them.

So with a World Cup rapidly approaching, why disrupt your rhythm by moving when you can stay here until you decide what to do next.

He should be in no rush to leave the club or even make a decision on his future so he can afford to just take his time and make sure that his next move, whether it be away from the London Stadium or not, is the right now for him at that time.

In other West Ham news, this attacker is set to be offloaded by David Moyes less than 12 months after he signed him for a hefty £28million.

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