West Ham fear they could be forced to sell Chelsea-linked Declan Rice in next transfer window – Telegraph

Declan Rice

A recent report in the English media claims that West Ham United fear they may be forced to sell Declan Rice in the next transfer window.

Rice’s West Ham stint

London-born Rice has spent all of his senior career plying his trade with the Hammers.

Rice burst onto the scene back in 2017, and has since gone on to cement himself as a pivotal member of West Ham’s midfield.

Despite having only turned 21 a few months ago, Rice has notched 100 appearances across all competitions for West Ham’s senior side.

In that period, Rice’s superb displays have earned him both his England debut, and three Young Player of the Year awards.

LONDON, ENGLAND – MARCH 22: Gareth Southgate manager of England in discussion with substitute and debutant Declan Rice of England during the 2020 UEFA European Championships Group A qualifying match between England and Czech Republic at Wembley Stadium on March 22, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

Rice to Chelsea?

Rice is currently contracted to West Ham until 2024, with the club reportedly possessing the option to extend the deal by a further year.

Now, though, as mentioned above, the Londoners may be forced to part ways with one of their key men in the near future.

According to the Telegraph, West Ham fear that they may be left with no choice but to sell Rice in the next transfer window, amid interest from a Premier League giant.

The club in question is said to be Chelsea, who Rice played for as a youth, and was linked with last month.

The news of West Ham’s potential Rice sale comes following recent comments from the defensive midfielder, in which he stated that he would love to play with Chelsea’s Mason Mount at club level again:

“I’d love to play with him at club level again.

“One thing we’ve always said as kids we’d love to play with each other at club and international level but obviously you never know because of different paths and things like that.” As quoted by the Evening Standard.

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This article was edited by Conor Laird.

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