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David Moyes makes very worrying comments about Declan Rice
Photo by Arfa Griffiths/West Ham United FC via Getty Images

David Moyes makes very worrying comments about Declan Rice

When speaking to reporters yesterday, David Moyes suggested that West Ham might be forced into selling Declan Rice if they receive a good offer for the youngster, as quoted by the Express.

The 21-year-old has been the Hammers’ best and most consistent player since bursting onto the scene at the start of the 2017/18 campaign.

The England international has gone on to make 86 Premier League appearances for West Ham.

He won’t come cheap

Rice is widely regarded as one of the best holding midfielders in the top flight. And the Daily Star claims that the Hammers value the former Chelsea academy graduate at around £80 million.

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

In 86 Premier League games, the 21-year-old has made 212 tackles, 130 interceptions, 155 clearances and 582 ball recoveries. He has also won 121 aerial duals (premierleague.com).

Rice will obviously be incredibly important for West Ham going forward, but David Moyes suggested that the club might be forced into selling the England international if they receive an acceptable offer for his services, as quoted by the Express:

David Moyes (Photo by Arfa Griffiths/West Ham United FC via Getty Images)

“In my mind he is arguably the best holding midfield player in the country and the best thing about Declan is he will get better. Declan is carrying a lot of the team at the moment and he’s the one who will carry on from Mark Noble when it comes to an end for him. Quite often when building a club you have to sell. I hope it’s not the case with Declan but I said the same with Wayne Rooney and Joleon Lescott [at Everton]. But the team got better because we were able to sign the right players to replace them. If that ever came around [Rice leaving] I’d hope we’d be able to do the same here as well.”

Surely West Ham can’t sell Rice….can they?

Should a club like Manchester United come in with an offer of around £80 million for Rice, it will be incredibly difficult for the Hammers to turn it down. As Moyes mentioned, sometimes selling a star young player enables smaller clubs to rebuild their teams.

The Scot’s comments are still concerning nonetheless. It doesn’t bear thinking about where West Ham would be this season without Rice.

The 21-year-old is an incredibly popular player at the London Stadium. And selling him would surely see the board receive heavy criticism from the club’s fanbase.

As mentioned before, however, if the price is right, it might just make sense for the east London outfit to move Rice on in the summer.