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Gary Neville's dismissive 18-word comment about Declan Rice is downright disrespectful to West Ham

A dismissive 18-word comment about Declan Rice from Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville is downright disrespectful to West Ham.

Neville was very vocal about the “Big Six” ESL breakaway plans but he is as guilty as anyone else for perpetuating that myth.

Despite being in and around the top six for the last two seasons, West Ham are still fighting against the clear bias from the likes of Sky Sports and their pundits towards the so-called Big Six.

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There has been a concerted media campaign to get Declan Rice out of West Ham as his stock has risen over the last few years.

It seems some in the media will not be satisfied until Rice leaves little old West Ham!

Despite stating on several occasions that he did not think Rice would be a top class midfielder, Neville has been doing his best to whip up a transfer away from West Ham – culminating in that interview for his YouTube show The Overlap.

West Ham have made it clear they will not entertain offers for Rice – hence the huge £150m price tag slapped on their talisman’s head.

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Gary Neville’s dismissive 18-word comment about Declan Rice is downright disrespectful to West Ham

And Rice made it clear at West Ham’s player awards last week that he will be staying for at least another year.

So it was galling for West Ham fans to listen to Neville talking about Rice after the ex Man United right-back named the Hammer of the Year his young Premier League player of the year on the Sky Sports Monday Night Football awards.

Neville’s dismissive 18-word comment about Rice is downright disrespectful to West Ham.

And it sums up his clear bias towards the so-called Big Six.

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“He may have to do another season at West Ham,” Neville said on Sky Sports MNF awards in a dismissive and arrogant tone as if the Hammers are some tin pot club.

“So West Ham will lose the value obviously.”

In fairness to Neville he did praise West Ham for a fantastic season in the Premier League and Europe. He also said Rice is a “massive” player for the Hammers.

But this dismissive, arrogant tone towards West Ham is disrespectful.

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“He may have to do another season at West Ham” – as if it is a prison sentence or punishment for goodness sake.

Neville clearly doesn’t get that West Ham are not preoccupied with Rice’s valuation and how much it may – or may not – fluctuate the longer he stays. Because the big valuation is West Ham’s way of saying: ‘Declan Rice is not for sale’.

This sycophantic obsession with the so-called Big Six is a scourge of the game in this country.

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And Neville needs reminding that West Ham could finish above his beloved Man United this weekend in the top six for a second season.

With over 60,000 home fans every other week, packing out away allocations as we have done for decades and the fact we are establishing ourselves as a genuine European outfit surely West Ham deserve some respect and to be talked about in the top six mix.

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