Real Madrid rule out a move for midfielder after accepting he wants to join Arsenal

Arsenal could be set to land a huge name in the summer window.

The player in question is Declan Rice, who has proven himself a top quality defensive midfielder for both club and country over the last few years.

And whilst West Ham fans would love to see Rice remain at their club going forward, it seems very likely that the 23-year-old will be on the move to one of the top-six in the future.

For much of Rice’s time at West Ham, he has been linked with a move back to Chelsea, where he played as a boy.

However, speculation earlier this month suggested that the Blues are not the only club in London with a shot at Rice, with Arsenal also seemingly in the picture.

Now, according to El Nacional, Real Madrid have withdrawn from the race for Rice after accepting that he wants to join Arsenal in the summer.

Rice only has 18 months left on his contract so you would imagine West Ham would look to offload him during the summer transfer window in order to avoid him leaving on a free transfer next year and Arsenal look set to win that race.

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Josh Barker

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