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Arsenal target Declan Rice hints he may STAY at West Ham following Conference League win

The Gunners aren’t as close to a deal as expected

Arsenal target Declan Rice has claimed that there has been ‘nothing’ decided on his future in the wake of helping West Ham to their first major trophy in 40 years, despite claims that he will be at a different club next season.

Rice played the entire game as his side defeated Fiorentina in the UEFA Conference League final courtesy of a last minute winner from fellow Englishman Jarrod Bowen, who converted coolly after being slotted through by Lucas Paqueta.

Rice, the club captain, lifted the trophy in what many suspect will be his final game for the club, with Bayern Munich and Arsenal both thought to be keen on landing the midfielder this summer.

However, quizzed on his future, Rice gave nothing away, admitting that nothing had been decided and that he could yet remain in east London with West Ham, who will be competing in the Europa League next season.

“Look at the moment there’s a lot of speculation about my future”, he explained. “There is interest that’s out there but ultimately I’ve still got two years left at West Ham [one year plus option]. There hasn’t been nothing yet [offers]. Let’s wait and see, who knows.”

Arsenal are expected to submit a bid for the midfielder in the coming days, but the Hammers are set to hold out for around £100m to let their star man go and increased interest will only see that price rise.

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Ben Browning

Football writer and analyst. Long-time writer of all things Arsenal and avid watcher of European football. Happy to discuss all things football over on Twitter.

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