West Ham fans would be “incensed” if the club sold Declan Rice to Chelsea before the transfer deadline on Monday, according to Frank McAvennie.
The Irons and Celtic legend, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, urged the 21-year-old to stay at the London Stadium for one more season and see where manager David Moyes can take them.
Fabrizio Romano claimed yesterday that a deal was “still on” for Chelsea to sign Rice after Football Insider revealed earlier this month that the Blues were preparing an offer which included Ross Barkley in part-exchange.
Chelsea are still considering Declan Rice as their main target – #CFC are now working to sell players then will try again to sign him.
West Ham insist they won’t sell Rice on next days and “he’s gonna stay”. Not easy deal – but still on. 🔵 #Chelsea #WHUFC #transfers
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) September 28, 2020
Rice has completed the full 90 minutes of all three of the Hammers Premier League fixtures this season and captained his side to a 4-0 victory against Wolves on Sunday night.
He has four years remaining on his contract at the London Stadium having renewed terms in December 2018.
When asked by Football Insider for his assessment of the situation regarding Rice’s future, McAvennie said: “It has been a bigger saga than Crossroads or Coronation Street!
“If he goes now the fans would be incensed.
“He is the captain now. He has cemented his place in the midfield – go and enjoy it. Just give West Ham one more year and see what David Moyes can do. If he is bringing in better players than what are already there, who knows what they can achieve this season.
“West Ham have fought against everything, the stadium, this, poor recruitment and the fans deserve better.
“There is no doubt about it, Declan Rice is a great talent. I hope he stays at least one more year to see if things are going to change because after the weekend’s performance they look on the up.”