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Everything Moyes has said about Rice’s future amid Man United interest

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Declan Rice is interested in a move to Manchester United despite West Ham’s Champions League hopes.

MEN Sport understands that the Englishman spoke to captain Harry Maguire and Luke Shaw about aspects of the club as he continues to impress for the Hammers.

Rice has been tracked by United for over two years as a potential replacement holding midfielder, though he has shown this season that he has the skillset to also play as a box-to-box number eight.

West Ham hold a strong negotiating hand, with the 22-year-old contracted until 2024 and the Hammers currently fourth in the Premier League, though their desire to sign Jesse Lingard on a permanent transfer does give United an advantage.

Here’s a round-up of everything David Moyes has said to the press about Rice’s future this year.

“It would take the Bank of England”

Speaking at the start of April, Moyes admitted no player’s future is guaranteed but assured it would take a huge fee to prize Rice away from the London Stadium.

“I don’t know where the Bank of England is for Tomas Soucek but I’ve said with Declan, it would take the Bank of England and the Royal Bank of Scotland to get him,” Moyes said.

“It will have to be the Bank of Czech as well for Tomas!”

He added: “When we signed Tomas Soucek, we brought him in to help us avoid relegation.

“Declan Rice was playing in that relegation team and Jesse has come to help us to get some games.

“I hope we can make the Champions League but if we don’t, I don’t see that has to be the reason that we can keep them. The biggest thing any footballer wants to see is the club makes progress and individually they are making progress.”

Declan Rice has developed his skillset as a box-to-box midfielder this season.

Far more than £100m”

Moyes slapped his own price tag on Rice in March, insisting the midfielder should be valued at a nine-figure sum.

“For me, I have watched the prices of some players who have gone to clubs recently and they could not lace Declan Rice’s boots,” West Ham manager Moyes said.

“I don’t agree with the owners that Declan Rice is a £100m footballer… Far, far more than £100m. I look at the players who have joined some clubs from overseas and come in and had nowhere near the impact that Declan Rice would have.

“Also he is English, [we have] just had Brexit, so I wouldn’t agree with the owners if Declan Rice was only £100m. No, I wouldn’t.

“Do we need the Champions League to keep Declan? No, because Declan is under contract first and foremost, so he can’t go anywhere no matter what and I keep saying and I hope people know that when I say something I mean it. We’ve not had an offer for Declan Rice and I hope we don’t get one.

“I certainly wouldn’t put a price on him. The owners think he’s worth £100 million – well, I completely disagree with that. You can decide which figure you want to put on it but I wouldn’t be sanctioning anything like that, that’s for sure.

“I’m looking forward to keeping Declan, I look forward to keeping all the boys and building a young team. If we could finish in Europe, in some sort of European position, I think it would be progress. And that would be progress for Declan Rice as well because he’s been at West Ham they’ve been bobbing around the bottom, so this is new for Declan as well.

“Declan seems very settled and in fact he is captaining West Ham, plays for England and I want to keep Declan thinking that his ambitions can be achieved here at West Ham and I will have to keep pushing that and keep pushing that with the owners as well.”

‘Rice pushing for West Ham improvement’

“I think Declan will always be here as long as he thinks I’m going to try and get him good players and players he thinks will help the team get better,” said Moyes on February 24.

“If we could finish near the top it will make us much more attractive to players and clubs in the future, and we want to keep a hold of our good players as well, we want them to think this is the right place to be.

“I can tell, looking at him, [that] Declan is pushing me to improve the team.

“I’m looking at him and saying; ‘You’re an England international, possibly a future England captain, and you want me to get you good players. Good players you can play with and who want to get better.

“So every day I look at him I think: ‘My goodness, he’s making me find better players, in turn, to make West Ham better.’ And I think Declan will always be here as long as he thinks I’m going to try and get him good players and players he thinks will help the team get better.”

‘Future West Ham captain’

“Declan will go on to be a future captain of West Ham, there’s no doubt about that,” Moyes told Sky Sports in February 2020.

“I can see big improvements from when I left. He’s now someone who is physically much better: he’s much quicker, much stronger. And he has a better understanding.

“I think he’s learning under Mark Noble the leadership side of it. He was a quiet boy when I first came to the club, but he’s developing a good personality. He’s got a lot of things to do better but as a young boy he’s doing very well.

“So many of the young boys these days are looking to be improved by coaches but quite often it’s your own self-development as a player. You have to develop yourself, you have to understand, you have to pick things up very quickly and not always rely on you coaches to be your guide.”

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