Former West Ham assistant manager Stuart Pearce insists Declan Rice owes the club ‘absolutely nothing’ amid transfer rumblings.
Pearce, who was an assistant under David Moyes in the previous two seasons, got to witness Rice first hand, and isn’t surprised about his ambitions.
The England regular recently spoke about wanting more at club level and ‘seeing his friends playing in the Champions League and winning big trophies’.
That has undoubtedly increased speculation around the 23-year-old who has previously been linked to Chelsea and Manchester United, despite a gigantic price tag.
Should he depart in the near future, though, West Ham can have no qualms, according to talkSPORT’s Pearce.
“He owes West Ham absolutely nothing,” the England legend said. “He’s been brilliant, he’s driven them to two European campaigns.
“I don’t think he’ll be moving any time soon, by which I mean any time before next summer, that certainly won’t be the case.
“But depending on how far England go, if England go a long way in this tournament he’s put himself in the shop window all the time, which is a good thing, you want your players to court attention from elsewhere.
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“He’s an outstanding player and what player wouldn’t turn round and say my ambition is to play in the Champions League?
“I’d love to see him drive West Ham into the Champions League but he’s got the world at his feet and I hope he keeps improving.”
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