Declan Rice will not be at West Ham in three seasons’ time, according to Paul Robinson.
The former Spurs and England number one, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claimed European football will be enough to keep the 22-year-old at the London Stadium for the medium-term but not the long-term.
Rice made 35 appearances across all competitions for the Irons in the 2020-21 campaign, as they upset the odds to secure a sixth-placed finish and Europa League qualification.
According to The Telegraph, Thomas Tuchel has revived Chelsea’s interest in signing the England international ahead of the summer transfer window.
Robinson believes Rice will rebuff interest in his signature for now with European football to look forward to next season.
“Declan Rice’s future is an interesting one,” he told Football Insider‘s Dylan Childs.
“I don’t think they would be able to keep hold of him without European football but of course they will be in the Europa League next season.
“West Ham have been the surprise package this season and what David Moyes has done has been nothing short of remarkable.
“They need to re-sign Jesse Lingard. Keeping players like Lingard and Tomas Soucek will encourage Declan Rice to stay.
“European football will be enough to keep Rice there for another season but it is key that they show progression again if they want to keep him in the longer term.
“Looking at the here and now, Rice stays. Don’t rule it out. But if the likes of Manchester United and Chelsea come knocking next year, regardless of where West Ham are, he will leave because they are bigger clubs.
“Rice is in a really good place right now, there is not need to move on right now. He is a big fish in a small pond right now and that suits him. But he won’t be at West Ham in three seasons time.”