This is an open letter to David Sullivan, David Gold and David Moyes. Please don’t sell West Ham’s golden treasure Declan Rice this summer.
Many pundits have called for the 21-year-old to move in order to realise his dreams.
But losing the England international would have drastic consequences for us a football club, regardless of the huge fee we would undoubtedly receive for his services.
With some ambition, we can give Rice everything he desires.
West Ham are a club that has greatly underachieved over the past four years.
When the Hammers moved to the London Stadium from Upton Park in 2016, we were told that we would be challenging regularly for the European places.
That obviously hasn’t happened. There has been no vision, zero identity and a complete lack of a playing philosophy.
Declan Rice has been one of the few shining lights throughout that period.
And if we avoid relegation this season, there is no reason why the West Ham owners should not make a big statement by keeping hold of the 21-year-old this summer.
The Hammers are a sleeping giant. We have a 60,000 capacity stadium. We are based in London and have one of the most loyal, vociferous and tribal fanbases in the country.
With some smart signings this summer, West Ham can really kick on next season. It will also be important for David Moyes to shift the deadwood.
If there is a smart plan in place, and the recruitment matches that, there could be exciting times on the horizon for the east London outfit.
Priority should be to keep Rice this summer
Keeping hold of Rice will arguably be the most important task for Sullivan, Gold and Moyes this summer, however.
West Ham fans love the young England international. Despite being a Chelsea fan as a boy, the 21-year-old bleeds claret and blue. He is the embodiment of everything that being a Hammers player is all about.
The young midfielder could end up being classed in the same ilk as Billy Bonds, if he stays in east London.
Rice is the future of our great football club. The 21-year-old is priceless. And let us not forget, he is still under contract at the London Stadium until the summer of 2024.
We obviously have to avoid relegation to make this possible. But please Sullivan, Gold and Moyes…keep Rice at all costs at the end of this season.
Even if that means offering him a new longer and more lucrative contract.