Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti is sure to want West Ham star Declan Rice if and when he is available says Gianluca Di Marzio.
Rice has been incessantly linked with a move away from West Ham over the last two years.
The Hammers talisman has established himself as one of the finest midfielders in Europe with his performances for West Ham and England.
As Rice’s profile has risen it has attracted the inevitable transfer tittle tattle that goes with the territory.
The likes of Chelsea, Manchester United, Manchester City and even Liverpool have been linked with a mega money move for Rice, who is valued at over £100m by West Ham.
But now the mighty Real Madrid can be added to the mix according to respected transfer reporter Gianluca Di Marzio.
Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti sure to want West Ham star Declan Rice when he is available says Gianluca Di Marzio
Speaking in an interview with the website wettfreunde, the journalist claims his fellow Italian Ancelotti is a big fan of Rice.
And Di Marzio says Ancelotti is sure to want the West Ham ace at Real Madrid if and when he is available for transfer.
“I know Carlo Ancelotti is a fan of Declan Rice,” Di Marzio told wettfreunde.
“So he could be a good fit for Real. But I don’t know if Real will make an offer for him.
“If Rice is available, Ancelotti is sure to be there. But I have no idea what strategy the Royals are pursuing, which players are staying or going.”
The Sun sports journalist Joshua Mbu described the comments as ‘interesting’.
If and when are the key words here.
West Ham fans are desperately hoping the club can match Rice’s ambitions and build the team around him.
But after the midfielder declared in an interview for The Overlap last week that he wants to ‘win everything’ – including the Premier League and Champions League – West Ham keeping him long-term does not seem realistic.
There seems to be a growing acceptance that West Ham will have to qualify for the Champions League this season to keep Rice in the summer.
If – as Di Marzio claims – Real did come into the reckoning for Rice when the time comes for the 23-year-old to leave, then West Ham fans may actually welcome it.
It would certainly be a lot less painful for Hammers supporters selling Rice to a foreign club than a London rival like Chelsea or a fellow Premier League outfit.
Given Real Madrid’s stature, it would certainly take the sting out of his departure should that day come.