West Ham tipped to keep Declan Rice after update - pundit

By Paddy Kenny

7th May, 2022 | 12:00pm

Declan Rice 'owes' West Ham and will stay this summer after 'brilliant' update - pundit

Declan Rice will stay at West Ham next season as he has no reason to leave the club.

That’s according to former Leeds United stopper Paddy Kenny, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the “incredible” midfielder’s future.

On 3 May, The Daily Mail reported West Ham are confident Rice, 23, will stay at the club and become the new captain.

There has been major speculation over Rice’s future over the last few seasons with Man City and Chelsea both credited with interest.

However, Kenny insists Rice will stay as he “owes” the club.

“That’s brilliant news for West Ham,” Kenny told Football Insider correspondent Ben Wild.

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“We all know how good Rice is and I think West Ham lose quite a lot when he isn’t there.

“The simple fact is, I don’t think anyone will bid what West Ham will demand for him.

“The club has also proved it can take Rice into Europe and compete for cups.

“So why would he leave? Can I see Man City or Man United coming in him? Probably not.

“If they make him captain then that is a huge honour and I’m not sure he turns it down to go somewhere else if that is offered.

“He owes West Ham, they have given him a career. So I think he will stay and repay that.”

Rice has made 47 appearances for the Hammers in all competitions this season.

They were knocked out of the Europa League at the semi-final stage in their most recent outing against Frankfurt (5 May).

In other news, the Hammers have been tipped to overcome a ‘big problem’ to land ‘brilliant’ Jesse Lingard signing.