David Moyes is still hanging onto the hope that Declan Rice will remain a West Ham player next season.
Despite the club’s prize asset having refused a couple of new contracts, the Hammers manager refuses to accept that he will be on his way at the end of the the season.
And he has suggested that the 24 year old may not bne involved at the London Stadium against leeds this weekend which if it happens will deprive the fans of saying goodbye to their iconic central defender.
Questioned whether this could be a fond farewell from th London Stadium Moyes refused tom give a direct answer but said: “It’s more a case of if he’s selected. In truth I don’t want to get into the Declan question because we’re asked about it every week. He’s still a hugely important player to us and we really hope he will be a West Ham player.
“He was terrific in the Conference semi final because he’s a leader and takes a lot of responsibility. But he’s still a young boy and a young player who’s already been in one European semi-final and now he’s going to a final as captain of the team.”