Chelsea have been handed a huge boost with the news that West Ham will listen to offers for Declan Rice in the summer of 2023.
That’s according to club insiders Claret and Hugh who claim that the Hammers owners will admit defeat if the 23-year-old Chelsea target refuses to sign a new contract.
The thought of losing Rice is obviously a really concerning one for the West Ham fans. He is out of contract in the summer of 2024, but the club have the option of extending that deal by a further 12 months.
Should the Chelsea target not sign a new contract though, the Hammers will have to sell the 34-capped England international this summer, in order to get maximum value for him.
Every single Hammers fan obviously wants the 23-year-old midfielder to remain at the London Stadium. In our heart of hearts though, none of us would be shocked if he moved to Stamford Bridge at some point.
Chelsea boss Graham Potter is on the lookout for a new central midfielder, with N’Golo Kante set to turn 32 in March.
And it seems as though the Blues may well have a good chance to sign Dec in the summer, unfortunately for us…
West Ham insider drops Declan Rice claim that will be music to Chelsea fans’ ears
Claret and Hugh claim that the Hammers owners will entertain offers for Dec, should he decide that he doesn’t want to commit to a new long-term contract at the London Stadium.
If Rice does decide to leave, I will wish him all the best for his future. He’s a great lad is Dec, and he deserves to win trophies.
If David Moyes isn’t capable of building a team capable of doing that, what right do we have to demand that he says at the London Stadium?
It’s just a shame that Chelsea is Rice’s most likely destination isn’t it!
In an ideal world, West Ham will start putting some results together after the World Cup break and force our way back into contention for the European places.
I still don’t think that will be enough to keep the 23-year-old at the London Stadium though.
And if West Ham do lose Declan Rice to Chelsea, it will be a huge blow to our hopes of winning trophies in the foreseeable future.