By Alex McLeish

22nd Jul, 2021 | 7:00pm

Ex-manager: Rice told to engineer West Ham exit after source's major update

Alex McLeish has suggested Declan Rice must actively push for a move if he is to leave West Ham this summer.

The former Scotland boss, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted the Irons would “fight tooth and nail” to keep him.

As revealed by Football Insider on Thursday (July 22nd), the Irons are preparing a blockbuster contract offer to keep him sweet for another year.

The 22-year-old still has three years left on his current terms, while the Irons hold the option of a one-year extension.

However, a West Ham source told this site Rice had his “head turned” while on international duty with England and would reject an improved offer.

McLeish admitted while there may be interest now, there is no guarantee of a future move.

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As such, he suggested Rice may have to kick up a fuss to force an exit.

“I believe they would fight tooth and nail to keep him,” McLeish told Football Insider’s Russell Edge.

“It comes down to agents and the player in terms of what kind of fuss they’re going to make at the club to leave or not.

“If Declan’s happy at West Ham, how old is Declan now? (22). He’s really young. I thought he was even older than that. That’s amazing.

“He’s such a young man in the game. If Chelsea are to buy him then you would expect him to go straight into the team for the money that’s been bandied about.

“For that matter, any team that buys him he’s going to go straight in. It’s a massive decision for him.

“Also, it’s for the love of West Ham that he’ll possibly stay. He might say: ‘Well I want to go when I’m older.’

“Sometimes you don’t get that opportunity again. That will be discussed as well by his advisors.”

Manchester United and Chelsea are among Rice’s biggest suitors.

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