West Ham expect to be fending off interest in Declan Rice in January according to a report from the Evening Standard. The Hammers allegedly have no intention of selling the 21-year-old, however.

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The 13-capped England international is very highly regarded in east London. His performances over the past two or three years have been impeccable.

And now fans of other clubs will surely be appreciating just how good the 21-year-old is.

Chelsea were heavily linked with a move for the England international throughout the entire summer (The Telegraph). And it would be no surprise if the Blues came back in for Rice in January.

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Declan Rice (Photo by Arfa Griffiths/West Ham United FC via Getty Images)

The Evening Standard claims that West Ham are in fact expecting to have to fend off interest in the defensive midfielder. It is suggested that there is no chance that the Hammers will sell Rice, however.

He is actually indispensable for us. Calling him our most important player is an understatement.

 

If we have real ambition as a club, we absolutely cannot sell the 21-year-old at any cost.

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Declan Rice (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/Getty Images)

Stats

In 108 Premier League games for the Hammers, Rice has racked up 265 tackles, 16 blocks, 178 interceptions, 184 clearances and 738 ball recoveries (premierleague.com).

The England international, who earns £60k-a-week (Daily Star) is an all action star and he will undoubtedly continue to get better and better as time goes on.

The Standard’s report claiming that West Ham have no intention of selling Rice will be music to the Hammers fans’ ears.

Let’s just hope that the England international is able to achieve his ambitions as a footballer in east London.

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