Published On: Fri, Sep 13th, 2019

Declan Rice told three clubs to join if he leaves West Ham but Man Utd snubbed | Football | Sport

Declan Rice has been advised to join one of three Premier League teams if he decides to leave West Ham, but Manchester United aren’t one of them.

The Hammers ace enjoyed a breakthrough season in the 2018-19 campaign, which culminated with him earning a call-up to the England squad.

Rice’s performances for the east London club have seen him linked with a big-money move away from the London Stadium.

Manchester United were keen on signing the 20-year-old last summer but didn’t ending up testing West Ham’s resolve to retain the midfielder’s services.

Many believe Rice will have to part company with West Ham and join one of the Premier League’s big sides in order to challenge for major honours.

Former Leeds defender Danny Mills agrees with that notion but doesn’t count United as part of that group.

“People at West Ham know that there’s interest from other clubs over the course of the summer, but he’s stayed where he is for now,” Mills told Football Insider.

“He’s a very, very good player with a very bright future. (Can he be a Premier League winner?) If he moves club. Let’s be honest, he’s not going to win the Premier League at West Ham any time soon.

“If he wants to go and win something, he’s got to move club. Whether that be abroad or the likes of Manchester City, Liverpool – they’re the ones obviously at the moment – maybe a Chelsea comes strong at some point. Just have to wait and see.”

Unlike Mills, former Coventry ace Noel Whelan can foresee Rice moving to Old Trafford.

“West Ham have got a really special player on their hands,” Whelan told Football Insider. “They will struggle to hold on to him, because the big clubs will be hot on his trail.

“I think Declan Rice could be the next player who goes for a Premier League record fee.

“We have just seen Harry Maguire go for £80million and I wouldn’t be surprised if Rice goes for more than that, above £90million, even.

“He’s young, English, hugely talented and is such a long way from his peak. You look at a team like Man United, who need a midfield anchorman and you can see it happening.

“They don’t mind paying over the odds for a player, as we saw in the summer. I could see them looking to get Rice in January.”

Rice and his West Ham team-mates will be back in action on Monday night, travelling to Birmingham to take on Aston Villa.

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