West Ham United boss David Moyes has been emboldened by the club’s successful battle against relegation as he discussed his future plans.
West Ham unofficially secured safety with a 3-1 win over Watford last time out.
And although Aston Villa beat Arsenal to give themselves hope of avoiding the drop, it would take a freak set of results on the final day to relegate West Ham.
West Ham safety all but confirmed
A point at Manchester United would make safety official for West Ham.
But in reality only a double figure hammering at Old Trafford could drag West Ham into the relegation mix.
Barring that Aston Villa would have to beat West Ham by six or seven AND Watford would have to beat Arsenal by a similar scoreline.
It means Moyes can start planning for the future at West Ham with the transfer window opening next week.
The Scot has made his vision for the club clear.
‘Future skipper’ Rice key to Moyes’s Red Bull vision
He wants to implement a Red Bull inspired model at West Ham focusing on snapping up top young talent from the Championship who are hungry to prove themselves in the top flight (Daily Mail, whufc.com and beIN Sports).
Key to those plans will be keeping hold of ‘future captain’ Declan Rice.
The brilliant midfield enforcer has been heavily linked with a move to Chelsea (The Sun).
Moyes has been speaking to the press ahead of the final week of the season. And he said he hopes West Ham’s transfer plans will excite Rice into staying.
“We’ve no intention of letting him go,” Moyes told the press, as reported by Claret & Hugh.
Hammers boss says his transfer plans should excite Rice into staying
“I am really excited at the thought of Declan and Tomas Soucek going forward, some of the young players we’ve got, and we’re starting to show signs of something forming, if we can add to it and get those final pieces it will be a positive step forward.
“He’s a really good player. And I see him helping us, and I hope he sees what we are trying to do.
“We’re going to try and add better players and add things to it which would make him excited about being at West Ham in the future.”
Moyes also outlined his plans to eventually make Rice West Ham captain as Mark Noble approaches his swansong.