Gary Neville says he expects Manchester United target Declan Rice to leave West Ham within the next two years.
It was reported last week that the 23-year-old has rejected another contract from the Hammers, but Neville claims the midfielder will try to leave the London Stadium on good terms:
“Declan Rice, we know he’s going to leave in the next year or two. Because of the relationship, I think they can be really mature about this. I don’t think it has to be played out in the media. They can be really direct, honest and then communicate what they’re going to do. I don’t think there’s any reason to allow the speculation to destroy the dressing room spirit.”
United are believed to have put Rice near the top of their list of targets for the summer transfer window, but any final decision on pursuing the England international will be made by incoming manager Erik ten Hag.
Chelsea are said to be Rice’s preferred destination but the Blues’ ownership situation means they are not in a position to push ahead with a deal. Manager Thomas Tuchel has even said that the player’s £150m price tag would have put them off from making a bid anyway.
Manchester City also remain in contention and, if the Premier League champions do firm up their interest at any stage, you would think that Rice would favour them over a move to Old Trafford at the moment.