David Moyes, the manager of West Ham United, said that despite interest from Manchester United and other clubs, the Hammers will “fight” to keep Declan Rice.
The 23-year-old England midfielder, who Moyes previously estimated at £150 million, has been linked to moves to United and Chelsea in recent months.
Rice has revealed his ambition to play in the Champions League. Rice was a regular for the Three Lions at the World Cup in Qatar. He has so far this season made 21 appearances for the Hammers in all competitions, with one goal and two assists.
Prior to West Ham’s Boxing Day defeat against Arsenal, Moyes emphasized to reporters that he would not be relinquishing control of his captain easy.
He wants to play for a genuinely excellent team, which will provide him with the possibility to win, according to Moyes. “Our goal is to make it to the Champions League.
“Even though it seems to be tough right now, we are definitely not going to stand by and let Dec leave the building. There will be a significant battle.
“I enjoy it because he wants to test himself, participate in important games, and be a great player. You won’t, in my opinion, ever prevent somebody from pursuing their goals.”
The Hammers advanced to the semifinals of the Europa League despite placing seventh in the Premier League last year. The London team, however, has had a difficult season and, after 16 games, is just one point above the relegation zone.
United is a fan of Rice, but the summer signing of Casemiro from Real Madrid made the desire to recruit a player with his profile less urgent.