By Olly Allen

Ian Wright has told Declan Rice to stay at West Ham for “another four years” amid rumours linking the midfielder with a move away from the London Stadium

Manchester United and Chelsea are both said to be interested in Rice, who is reportedly considering leaving the Hammers at the end of the season [90min]. 

The 22-year-old has played every minute for West Ham in the Premier League this season and at international level has established himself as a key part of Gareth Southgate’s England side. 

However, speaking on the Wrighty’s House podcast, Wright, himself a former West Ham player, suggested that Rice would be better off staying in East London. 

West Ham are in the top four right now but people are constantly saying Declan should leave. He shouldn’t leave yet,” Wright said. 

“Declan is captain of a West Ham side in the top-four. Why should Declan move and go anywhere for the next few years when he can lead West Ham into the top-four?

“Who knows what’s going to happen with them in the Europa League, they could go far in that too. Why would you leave? Of course you’re looking at Manchester United and Chelsea but why leave at the moment?

“He might be able to play in the Champions League with West Ham, and he’s the captain. Go as far as you can with West Ham, give them another four years. You’ll still be in your peak.

 “Rice has got no reason to leave. If I’m part of his team, I’m telling him to stay and keep progressing at West Ham.

“He’s killing it for England, he’s killing it for West Ham. So why leave? He should stay and keep pushing West Ham.”

Legendary status?

While clubs such as Chelsea and Manchester United will likely be able to offer Rice higher wages, he would have the opportunity to go down in West Ham folklore if he stayed at the London Stadium

As Wright says, the club are on an upward trajectory under David Moyes – they are currently fourth in the Premier League alongside competing in the Europa League. 

Rice is the heartbeat of Moyes’s side and is one of the first names on the team sheet, which is not something that would be guaranteed if he made the move away. 

Having been at the club since the age of 15, the midfielder has a close connection with supporters and his reputation would soar if he were to lead West Ham into the Champions League. 

He has worn the armband in every league match this season and will surely be named club captain when Mark Noble departs next summer. 

It is certainly a dilemma for Rice, who will no doubt want to test himself at the very highest level of club football as his career progresses.

In other West Ham news, this is what Michail Antonio said to Cristian Romero in the win over Tottenham.

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