West Ham United captain Mark Noble has moved to try and calm nervous supporters.
Hammers fans were left thoroughly unimpressed by Manuel Pellegrini’s comments to the press in the build-up to Saturday’s dismal defeat to Everton.
An unusually open Pellegrini took everyone by surprise when he seemed to talk up the prospects of selling West Ham hero Declan Rice just days after his England debut.
The buzzkill comments were out of character for the Chilean. Pellegrini is usually a closed book when it comes to engaging with the press, particularly on transfers.
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‘If it is a good deal for the club we can do it’
“In that case, as always, it is just a matter of price,” Pellegrini told the gathered media, as reported by the likes of The Guardian – and understandably just about every other media outlet since.
Supporters were angry with the comments and prospect of the club cashing in on their prized asset so soon.
But now skipper Noble has used his latest column in The Evening Standard to try and ease those concerns and put things into perspective.
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‘Everyone has their price’
“I see the manager, when asked in his press conference yesterday about Declan and the likelihood of other clubs being interested him, said that, in the end, it comes down a matter of price,” Noble wrote in The Evening Standard.
“He’s right. Everyone at the club, wants Declan to stay here for a long time but we understand what modern day football is about and top players will always attract interest.
“Everyone has their price — and if Neymar can be sold, then so can anyone!”
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Noble reassurance over Pellegrini’s reality check
So there you have it West Ham fans. Nothing to Pellegrini’s comments besides a hefty dose of reality.
Effectively what Noble is saying is that Rice will only be sold for an astronomical sum.
And he makes a salient point about Neymar. Indeed an even better example is perhaps Ronaldo who was sold by both Manchester United and Real Madrid when the time and money was right.
Hammers fans will be hoping that is a few seasons off yet for young Declan.