Danny Mills claims that West Ham midfielder Declan Rice will have to leave the London Stadium if he wants to fulfil his potential and win some meaningful silverware during his career.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Manchester City and England full-back insists that the 20-year-old enforcer has the ability and potential to challenge for titles both in England and overseas.
Rice’s future has been the source of much speculation over the last 12 months but he has remained in east London as a mainstay for Manuel Pellegrini’s side.
However, Mills insists that the young midfielder will have to leave the Hammers and move to one of the giants of European football to hit the heights he is capable of, not to mention picking up trophies at the highest level.
Mills told Football Insider: “People at West Ham know that there’s interest from other clubs over the course of the summer, but he’s stayed where he is for now.
“He’s a very, very good player with a very bright future. (Can he be a Premier League winner?) If he moves club. Let’s be honest, he’s not going to win the Premier League at West Ham any time soon.
“If he wants to go and win something, he’s got to move club. Whether that be abroad or the likes of Manchester City, Liverpool – they’re the ones obviously at the moment – maybe a Chelsea comes strong at some point. Just have to wait and see.”
Rice, who changed allegiances from the Republic of Ireland to England on the international stage, has played 74 times for the Irons, while he has five caps under his belt for the Three Lions.
Able to play as both a central midfielder and a centre-back, he was partnered alongside Jordan Henderson and Ross Barkley by Gareth Southgate for England’s 5-3 win over Kosovo, having also started the win over Bulgaria.