West Ham United captain Declan Rice is ready to leave the membership this summer time, chairman David Sullivan stated on Thursday, following the membership’s first European title victory in 58 years.
Rice, 24, captained his facet to the European title as a final-minute Jarrod Bowen winner earned West Ham a 2-1 victory towards Fiorentina within the Europa Conference League remaining on Wednesday.
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Sources have instructed ESPN that Arsenal need to pursue a deal for Rice on the finish of the season whereas Chelsea, Manchester City, Manchester United, Newcastle United and Liverpool are monitoring developments. Sources added that West Ham are anticipated to demand £100 million to let the midfielder leave the membership.
When requested whether or not the victory was Rice’s final match for West Ham, Sullivan told talkSPORT: “I think it has to be. We promised him he could go. He set his heart on going. You can’t ask for a man who has committed more to us this season.
“In due course, he has to get on and we now have to get a alternative, or a number of replacements. It’s not one thing we wish to occur. We provided him £200,000-a-week 18 months in the past. He turned it down.
“It’s cost him £10m to stay at West Ham in that time. And he wants to go. You can’t keep a player who doesn’t want to be there.”
Sullivan’s announcement got here the day after Rice gained his maiden European trophy as a participant. He instructed BT Sport after the match that “he loves the club” and nonetheless has “two years left” regardless of ongoing hypothesis round his future.
Rice added: “My focus is playing for West Ham at the moment. I’m captain of this club and I can’t speak highly enough of this place. Let’s just see what happens. Let’s wait and see. Who knows?”