West Ham

Declan Rice is “very happy” at West Ham and will stay beyond this summer with the prospect of European football on the horizon.

That is the view of former Spurs and England number one Paul Robinson, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about footage of the 22-year-old celebrating at the London Stadium over the weekend.

Rice, who is currently sidelined with a knee injury, watched on from the stands on Sunday as David Moyes’ side beat Leicester City 3-2.

Coverage from Sky Sports showed the midfielder overcome with joy during the win which saw the Hammers climb back into the top four.

Robinson is adamant Rice wants to be at the London Stadium next season.

“I think the likelihood of being in Europe and potentially even the Champions League make Declan Rice’s decision easier,” he told Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs.

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“West Ham will be able to attract top players to the club this summer if they finish in Europe.

“They have made huge stride as a club this season and why would you want to leave?

“You can see that he is very happy at the moment and I am sure he will be licking his lips at the prospect of playing in Europe in front of a packed London Stadium.

“I cannot see him going anywhere this summer. Chelsea were the potential suitor but now Frank has left, and a new manager has come in, that move seems to have gone quiet.

“Why would you want to leave West Ham at the moment?”    

Football Insider revealed on Monday that Rice is not Manchester United’s top central midfield target this summer.

The Red Devils were linked with the England international last week, including as part of potential part-exchange deal for Jesse Lingard, but it is understood they prefer other targets.

In other news, a top pundit quotes the amount West Ham will have to pay Manchester United to sign Lingard permanently this summer.