£100m is 'nothing to West Ham' after confirmed news and Rice 'owes them big time' - Kenny
Declan Rice “owes West Ham big time” for giving him a platform to develop as a player.
So says ex-Premier League goalkeeper Paddy Kenny, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about Rice’s future at the London Stadium.
The 22-year-old midfielder, who is under contract until 2024, has been persistently linked with a move away from the club.
But The Sun reported on 9 November that West Ham will not entertain any bids for their England international, even if they are above £100million.
Czech billionaire Daniel Kretinsky recently completed a 27 per cent buyout of the East London club with a view to a full takeover further down the line.
And David Moyes’ side are flying in the league having lost just twice in their opening 11 matches this season.
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Kenny sees no reason why Rice cannot fulfil his career ambitions at the club where he made his name.
“I don’t think there is any reason he has to leave,” he told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams.
“They are pushing for the Champions League. They have got something special going on there.
“They need to keep hold of their players if they are going to maintain what they are doing now.
“If I’m brutally honest, I think he owes it to West Ham big time for what they’ve done for him.
“Rice is one of the players who has got them there. Obviously, they have had this investment now so £100m to them might be nothing.”