Ian Wright has called for West Ham midfielder Declan Rice to stay with them for “another four years” despite reported interest from Manchester United.
Rice has been in superb form for the Hammers over the past couple of seasons. He shone for them last term as they finished sixth to earn themselves a place in the Europa League.
The midfielder was also a key player for England at this year’s European Championships.
Rice has been linked with a move to Chelsea and Manchester United in recent months.
“There was a bargain to be got with Declan at £100m. That bargain’s now gone.
“So we have a lot of really good players at this football club. I think while you’re building and developing, people might always come and look at your players.
“But it’s good that they are because that tells us that they’re doing well.”
Wright has told The Ringer FC podcast that Rice has “no reason to leave” West Ham now:
“West Ham are in the top-four right now but people are constantly saying Declan should leave. He shouldn’t leave yet,” Wright said.
“Declan is captain of a West Ham side in the top-four. Why should Declan move and go anywhere for the next few years when he can lead West Ham into the top-four?
“Who knows what’s going to happen with them in the Europa League, they could go far in that too. Why would you leave?
“Of course you’re looking at Manchester United and Chelsea but why leave at the moment?
“He might be able to play in the Champions League with West Ham, and he’s the captain. Go as far as you can with West Ham, give them another four years. You’ll still be in your peak.’
“Rice has got no reason to leave. If I’m part of his team, I’m telling him to stay and keep progressing at West Ham. He’s killing it for England, he’s killing it for West Ham. So why leave? He should stay and keep pushing West Ham.”