West Ham legend Tony Cottee gets it horribly wrong over Declan Rice future with Chelsea claim that will leave Hammers fans baffled.
Top players make headlines and that is certainly the case for West Ham star Rice.
There has been an incessant stream of stories linking Rice with a move away from West Ham for years now.
West Ham fans are well used to it. But that doesn’t mean we are any less sick and tired of hearing the same speculation over and over again.
One week it’s Chelsea, the next week it’s Manchester City. And when Man United’s midfield have a bad game – which is pretty frequently right now – the inevitable Rice links emerge.
There’s even a smattering of Liverpool every now and again too.
David Moyes made it clear after the transfer window closed that clubs had missed out on a £100 million bargain with Rice as his valuation of the midfielder increases with every brilliant display for West Ham and England.
It was inevitable then that when Rice spoke of his ambition to play Champions League football this week many sites conveniently omitted that he stated he wants to play it WITH West Ham.
West Ham fans would expect a homegrown Hammer like legendary goalscorer Tony Cottee would have his finger on the pulse over Rice.
So quite how Cottee has got it so horribly wrong just days before West Ham play Chelsea in a crucial game is baffling.
Speaking to a betting company – as quoted by talkSPORT – Cottee claimed West Ham fans would not begrudge Rice a move to bitter London rivals Chelsea if and when he does leave.
“If Declan was to decide to leave, I think he’ll go to Chelsea,” Cottee said (talkSPORT).
“The reason for that is he was at Chelsea as a kid. He is best friends with Mason Mount, and he’s grew up with all the young kids at the club.
“You know, Tammy Abraham, he’s in Italy now, but he grew up with him and Callum Hudson-Odoi, and Reece James. All those young boys that are playing so well for Chelsea, Declan is friends with them.
“I don’t want him to leave, but if he was leaving, I think most of the West Ham fans wouldn’t be grudging towards the guy going to Chelsea. Because we all know that he was there as a kid.”
You would think Cottee would be keeping a low profile after embarrassingly nailing his colours to the PAI Capital mast recently.
West Ham fans cannot abide Chelsea and everything they stand for.
Not only did they pillage West Ham for the likes of Frank Lampard, Joe Cole and Glen Johnson – their fans took great delight in rubbing our noses in it too over the years.
Then there’s John Terry. Enough said.
Cottee’s logic does not check out. And let’s not forget Chelsea discarded Rice, told him he wasn’t good enough for them.
West Ham picked up the pieces and gave him the platform to become one of the best midfielders in Europe and an England star.
If anything Man City are the club West Ham fans would reluctantly accept Rice moving to if he leaves one day in the future.
Hammers supporters would be able to find consolation in the fact they are one of the world’s richest clubs, with the best manager, players and chances of winning serious silverware on a regular basis.
No Tony we wouldn’t accept Rice moving to Chelsea. Loved you as a player, but what a load of utter tosh. A terrible take on Rice’s future.