West Ham United manager David Moyes has warned suitors of midfielder Declan Rice that a bid of £100m may not even be enough to force a sale.
The 22-year-old, who has heavily linked with Chelsea last summer, has enjoyed another exceptional year at the base of West Ham’s midfield and is on the radar of Manchester United, Liverpool and Manchester City.
Rice’s price tag was believed to stand at £100m last summer, which is why big-spenders Chelsea could not get a deal over the line, but Moyes was adamant that the figure should be even higher.
“The owners think he’s worth £100m — well, I completely disagree with that,” Moyes began (via The Times). “Far, far more than £100m.
“I have watched the prices of some players who have gone to clubs recently and they could not lace Declan Rice’s boots. They have come from overseas and made nowhere near the impact Declan would have.”
It is believed that Rice is keen to take his career to the next level and play for a side who can regularly compete for trophies, and while Moyes believes the 22-year-old can accomplish those dreams at West Ham, he warned any interested side that Rice’s future does not rest on the Hammers’ push for Champions League football.
“At the moment we have had no contact for Declan,” he said. “We’ve not had an offer and I hope we don’t get one. I am not in a hurry to lose him. Do we need the Champions League to keep Declan? No, because Declan is under contract and I hope people know that when I say something I mean it.”
West Ham currently sit seventh in the Premier League table, two points behind of fourth-placed Chelsea, but Moyes’ men have a game in hand and are still well in the race for qualification.
Rice has been an integral part of the Hammers’ surprise success this season. Just like he did last season, Rice has played every minute thus far and has formed a dominant duo with summer signing Tomas Soucek.
The pair have exceeded all expectations this season and will hope to move West Ham closer to the top four with a victory over Leeds United on Monday evening.