Date: 24th May 2021 at 1:40pm
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On the latest edition of the Football Social Daily podcast, journalist Matt Cunningham has been discussing the future of West Ham star Declan Rice. 

The Hammers confirmed their spot in the Europa League on Sunday in the final game of the 2020/21 Premier League campaign with a 3-0 victory over Southampton, with Rice scoring the third.

Will Rice be a West Ham player next season?





However, the journalist was uncertain on whether Rice would be a part of the London side amid speculation surrounding the 22-year-old’s future.

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Rice has been linked with a potential move across London to Chelsea, and although these rumours were questioned when Frank Lampard was sacked, recent reports have suggested Thomas Tuchel would back a move for the midfielder.

Speaking on the matter, Cunningham had the following to say (25:57):

I think ultimately, West Ham aren’t going to really decide the future of their players. For someone like Declan Rice, if a top team comes along, he’ll probably want to move on because of his age, he wants to play at a big club, it’s a big opportunity, it’ll be a big fee.

“I think he’ll just choose to move on whether that’s someone like [Manchester] United Chelsea whoever it may be.”

TIF Thoughts on Rice’s future…

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easy one to start off with. How much do you think Declan Rice is worth?

West Ham sealing their spot in the Europa League for next season is a huge bonus for the club’s hopes of keeping Rice at the club.

However, it would be interesting to see where the £60k-per-week star’s thoughts would lie if Chelsea were to up their reported interest in him with Tuchel’s side able to offer the 22-year-old Champions League .

We think it will be hard for any club to prise Rice away from the for both loyalty and financial reasons, but we are interested to see if his head could be turned by a bigger club.

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