‘I love this club’ – Declan Rice gives coy update on his West Ham future after Europa Conference League glory


Declan Rice has remained coy on his future after captaining West Ham to their first major trophy in 43 years.

The Hammers triumphed in the Europa Conference League final as they beat Fiorentina 2-1 at the Fortuna Arena in Prague.

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West Ham skipper Rice helped his side beat Fiorentina 2-1 in the Europa Conference League finalCredit: Getty
Rice has been linked with a summer switch away from the London Stadium

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Rice has been linked with a summer switch away from the London StadiumCredit: Getty

A 90th-minute strike from Jarrod Bowen sealed the title for the east London outfit in what could potentially be Rice’s last game.

talkSPORT understands thatĀ ArsenalĀ are leading the race to secure the 24-year-old’s services.

However, they face stiff competition from Manchester United as well as Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich.

West Ham fans made a last-ditch plea to convince the midfielder to reject a move away from the London Stadium during the warm-up, as they sang for him to stay for another ten years.

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Rice was asked about the Hammers supporters urging him to remain at the club and where his future may lie.

Rice told BT Sport: “Look, at the moment there’s obviously a lot of speculation going on about my future.

“Obviously there is interest from other clubs, that’s out there, but ultimately I’ve still got two years left at West Ham.

“I love this club, I love playing for this club, there hasn’t been nothing yet.

Rice has been at West Ham since 2014 following his release from Chelsea

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Rice has been at West Ham since 2014 following his release from ChelseaCredit: Getty

“So my focus is playing for West Ham, enjoying tonight and seeing what happens.

“I’m captain of this club and I absolutely love it to pieces, I cannot speak highly enough of this place and let’s just see what happens.”

Pressed whether this is the best way to potentially bow out in a West Ham shirt, the England international stated: “Let’s wait and see, who knows?”

And Rice was also quick to sing the praises of boss David Moyes, who he branded as arguably West Ham’s greatest manager.

He remarked: “I want to say a big mention to the manager, there’s been times this year when he’s been tested.

“There was a period when a lot of the fanbase wanted him out because the results weren’t going well.

Rice hailed boss Moyes after he guided the club to their first trophy in 43 years

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Rice hailed boss Moyes after he guided the club to their first trophy in 43 yearsCredit: Getty

“But, if you actually look at his time at the club, he came in, saved us [from relegation in the 2017/18 season].

“[Manuel] Pellegrini came in, he then came back and saved us [in the 2019/20 campaign], then got us Europe two years in a row and has now won that.

“I think he’s there as West Ham’s best ever manager now, it has to be said.”

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A jubilant Rice brought his young nephew onto the pitch in the post-match celebrations.

The former Chelsea academy star hoisted the little lad on his shoulders where they danced in front of the travelling West Ham fans.

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