Former West Ham midfielder Trevor Sinclair believes the sanctions imposed on Chelsea should help the Hammers keep hold of Declan Rice this summer.
The Blues were widely tipped as favourites to sign the England international, with the player being a boyhood fan of the club, but Sinclair believes the prospects of a switch to Stamford Bridge have greatly diminished following recent events:
“[Chelsea’s sanctions] could be good news for West Ham. Declan might think: ‘I don’t wanna go anywhere else so I might as well stay. I’m loved at the club, I’m captain of the football club, I’m enjoying my football. So why wouldn’t I stay?’ That may be a blessing for West Ham fans.”
There is still believed to be interest in Rice from Manchester United and Manchester City but, with Chelsea seemingly out of the picture, the likelihood of the player staying at the London Stadium has markedly increased.
While Rice says he is desperate to play in the Champions League, the 23-year-old could be happy to stay for a little while longer. The Irons are under no pressure to sell, with his current contract expiring in 2024 (and an option for another year), so fans should be more optimistic that he will still be a West Ham player beyond the end of the season.
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