Ex-West Ham defender Scott Minto has told Stadium Astro that Declan Rice is a target for Real Madrid.

After West Ham’s 2-1 loss against Manchester United, Minto mentioned how Real Madrid have been in contact over a move for Rice.

The 20-year-old has been the standout outfield player for the Hammers this season as his stock continues to rise.

A host of Premier League sides are reportedly keen on the England international but now Real Madrid appear to have entered the race.

Scott Minto on Declan Rice

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Noting that he had information from a “reliable source” on Rice, Minto said: “I’m hearing that even Real Madrid are knocking on the door and speaking to his family. That’s what I’m hearing.”

 

The ex-Hammer then claimed that Manchester United would also be keen on a move for Rice. The Irish Independent has recently run that story, claiming that the Red Devils want Rice to be Nemanja Matic’s long-term replacement.

Minto added: “Man United will be knocking on the door. The big boys of the Premier League and world football will be saying this is a young lad at a club that could sell for the right price.

“He could become one of the stars in that particular position.”

West Ham will be desperate to keep Rice, who signed a new contract earlier this season. He has come through the ranks and established himself as a regular in the side and he is also a fan favourite at The London Stadium.