West Ham: Expert verdict on Rice forcing exit as body language analysed

By Alex McLeish

29th Apr, 2022 | 9:24am

West Ham news: Expert issues verdict on Declan Rice forcing transfer as body language analysed

Declan Rice will not force through a move from West Ham to a “top four” club due to his rapport with manager David Moyes, according to Alex McLeish.

The former Scotland boss, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claimed the 23-year-old is not holding out for an improved Irons contract.

According to The Athletic (25 April), West Ham are determined to keep Rice for another year after he turned down a third contract offer.

The report claims the Hammers will look to sell the midfielder for £150million in the summer of 2023 – with two more years left to run on his deal.

McLeish insisted Rice’s “body language” doesn’t suggest he is preparing to force a move away.

When asked what it would mean for West Ham to keep Rice for another year, he told Football Insider‘s Russell Edge: “It would be so useful.

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“You can only imagine he’s refused that new deal because he wants to go to one of the top four teams. It won’t be about money.

“Back in the day it was difficult to get out of a club, but nowadays you can’t deny a player if he wants to go to the moon and back, as it were.

“Declan Rice is more than capable of that kind of success.”

“When I see the body language and the rapport with Moyes – you get the feeling that he’s not the kind of character to force through a move.

According to The Guardian (22 April), Rice turned down a wage of around £200,000-a-week – which would have made him the best-paid player in the club’s history.

The Irons star has made 45 appearances across all competitions – scoring five goals.

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