It means City could find themselves in the market in the near future searching for a replacement, and Stewart believes that replacement could be Rice.
Would you take Rice at the Etihad?
When asked if Rice could succeed Fernandinho in that holding role at City, Stewart exclusively told TIF:
“Yeah, I think. When I look at Declan, he could easily be snapped up by City.
“He’s one of the better midfielders around, you know, he seems to have all the attributes. I think he’s done exceptionally well at West Ham, but with all due respect, he isn’t going to win anything major with West Ham.”
He is also still just 22 years of age so can obviously get much better. Considering that, Rice could be a very good long-term investment who is capable of making an impact now for City.