By Liam Thomas

25th Nov, 2022 | 7:10am

West Ham United trophy could stop Declan Rice exit in 2023

Declan Rice could remain at West Ham United for another season if the club win the UEFA Europa Conference League, according to Sky Sports journalist Michael Bridge.

Rumours have been swirling that Rice is readying himself for a West Ham United exit, although, nothing has yet been confirmed by the player or club.

Bridges confessed that a “European trophy” may give the Irons one more Rice lifeline, something that is very much a possibility for those at the London Stadium.

“If Declan Rice can maybe win a trophy this season – I know West Ham are out of the Carabao Cup – but a European trophy, that might give him just one more year there,” said Bridges as quoted by GIVE ME SPORT.

Rice is currently one of the best-holding midfielders in the Premier League, meaning he is one of the best in the world right now too.

Tough ask.

It will be a tough ask for the Hammers to keep Rice this summer, there will be Premier League vultures circling him as soon as the transfer window opens.

A European trophy may help in the club’s bid to keep him but this is a very out-there shout, especially when UEFA Champions League clubs will be lining him up.

Honestly, it would be surprising if Rice stayed for another season at West Ham United, a move to a bigger club just seems inevitable at this stage.

This is a massive shame but if the club get north of £100m for Rice then it would be a job done good, especially if the money is reinvested wisely.

Imagine the signings that could be made with that amount of cash, it’s an influx that would help the desperately ageing squad of the Hammers.

Combined with Daniel Kretinsky’s billions, this could make West Ham a deadly team in the summer transfer window.