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Jack Grealish Man City claim gives West Ham great hope over Declan Rice as the grass is not always greener

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Jack Grealish Man City claim gives West Ham great hope over Declan Rice as the grass is not always greener

New Jack Grealish Man City claims give West Ham great hope over Declan Rice as it proves the grass is not always greener.

West Ham fans have endured three years of incessant stories linking Rice with a move away.

It is a feeling Aston Villa fans know well having dealt with something similar before their homegrown star Grealish was eventually sold to Manchester City for £100m.

Privately West Ham have allegedly assured Rice they will listen to offers for him next summer.

It comes amid a contract impasse which has seen the midfield talisman reject a new West Ham deal worth £200k per week.

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In an interview with Gary Neville for The Overlap last season, Rice made it clear he wants to be competing for and to win all the top trophies.

That was his clearest indication yet that he intends to leave West Ham. And a West Ham insider has doubled down on those Rice departure claims this week.

But as Grealish has quickly found out after his move to Man City, winning trophies is far from the be all and end all.

The playmaker has been in and out of the Man City side since joining and has faced scrutiny over his every move on the football pitch.

No longer a guaranteed starter and the main man as he was at Villa – and as Rice is at West Ham – Grealish has cut a frustrated figure at the Etihad.

Now a new Grealish Man City claim gives West Ham great hope over Rice as the grass is not always greener.

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Jack Grealish Man City claim gives West Ham great hope over Declan Rice as the grass is not always greener

A host of outlets are reporting that Rice’s England teammate has asked his agent to search for a new club after telling those close to him that he expects to leave Man City next summer.

Grealish has told those close to him that he does not see himself playing for City beyond next summer, according to 90min.

It is fair to say that Grealish has not lived up to his price tag in his 13 months in Manchester.

He has regularly talked about finding it hard to adjust to not playing every minute of every game like he did at Villa – and like Rice does at West Ham.

Indeed in his England press conference this week, Grealish once again said he finds it tough to get any rhythm to his play after his move to a club with so many top players.

Rice and West Ham take note.

Grealish may have a Premier League title to his name having left Villa for Man City but he is already pining to go back to playing every week and ENJOYING his football.

If Rice does look to leave West Ham in pursuit of trophies make no mistake he will face the same problems.

Because should be join one of these so-called elite sides they will have two or three top class players for his position – unlike West Ham.

Rice would be rotated and rested constantly between various competitions and one or two bad games could even see him out of the team for an extended spell.

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The West Ham talisman would also likely be one of the first contenders to be substituted in these top teams if they were chasing a win.

Most clubs will also have a plethora of attacking talent and Rice would be a prime candidate to be subbed off for a more attacking midfielder as has happened with England on several occasions.

Sometimes you don’t know what you’ve got until it is gone.

The grass is not always greener on the other side, just as Grealish has discovered at Man City, even with the silverware.

West Ham can only hope Rice is seeing the Grealish situation develop – and indeed the fact Kalvin Phillips had barely kicked a ball for Man City before his injury too – and changes his mind over his long-term Hammers future.

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