West Ham United boss David Moyes is making tentative plans for the future and says they revolve around Issa Diop and Declan Rice.
Chelsea have been heavily linked with a summer move for Rice, who captained West Ham to a crucial 3-2 victory over Frank Lampard’s side on Wednesday night.
Sky Sports reports Chelsea are ‘confident’ of luring their former youth player back from West Ham (The Sun).
Hammers stars Rice and Diop linked with moves away
West Ham have given themselves a great chance of staying up with the win over Chelsea.
Should they drop it is inevitable they will have to sell a host of top players.
But even if West Ham survive, the impact of the global health crisis may dictate Moyes has to sell to buy in the next window.
Cashing in on the likes of Rice and Diop, though, is not part of the plan.
Speaking after the Chelsea victory, Moyes insists he wants Rice and Diop to stay for a long time so he can build a young, hungry West Ham team around them (Sky Sports).
Moyes insists he wants to keep duo at West Ham
“I want to improve West Ham in years to come and I want to build a young, vibrant team if I can,” Moyes told Sky Sports.
“I want people to be here for a long time if we possibly can.
“When you look at Declan Rice or Issa Diop, we’ve actually got quite a young team in the making if we can build on it and add to it.
“In the future, if we stay up and keep the team there, that’s the route and direction I believe the club should go in.
Time will tell whether unpopular owners can resist selling duo
“It should be one building and preparing for a next generation of good players and a next generation of an improving West Ham team.”
Wanting to keep the duo and actually keeping them are two very different things.
Unpopular co-owners David Sullivan and David Gold would be risking further revolts from fans if they were to start selling off West Ham’s best young players.
Particularly after all the promises that were made to fans ahead of the big move to the London Stadium.