By Alex McLeish

3rd Dec, 2021 | 7:00am

Declan Rice tipped to quit West Ham and join 'top-four' club after confession - pundit

Alex McLeish has admitted “the odds are against West Ham” after Declan Rice outlined his desire to play Champions League football.

The former Scotland manager, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested the 22-year-old could push for an exit should the Irons fail to qualify for Europe’s elite club competition.

As quoted by (29 November), Rice revealed his ambition is to play in the Champions League, ideally with the Hammers.

He went on to state he wants to “keep pushing” himself in his career and that he hopes the club can help him achieve his goals.

However, McLeish suggested Rice would look to leave for a top-four club should the Irons fail to hit those heights.

Reacting to Rice’s comments, McLeish told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “Well, let’s hope for West Ham’s sake they finish in the top four.

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“The odds are against them with obviously the power of the other top clubs.

“Therefore, you would think that Declan Rice will move to one of these top-four clubs in the not too distant future.”

The Irons qualified for the Europa League with a sixth-place finish last season.

They have sealed their place in the knock-out stages with a game to spare.

David Moyes’ men enjoyed a bright start to the current season and currently sit fourth in the table.

Prior to Wednesday’s game against Brighton, Rice had not missed a minute of Premier League action this term.

He has also featured in all but one of the club’s Europa League group stage fixtures.

In other news, there has been a major update on Burnley selling Tarkowski in January as £7million West Ham bid mooted.