This is a blog I never really wanted to write but on my return to ClaretandHugh I have to be absolutely honest about my feelings on the No 1 topic at the club – Declan Rice.
As a former Hammer and ambassador for this club the Irons are so close to my heart and nobody wants the young man to remain at the London Stadium more than me!
It absolutely goes without saying that he is a quite brilliant footballer and his performances at the Euros were quite outstanding. They caught the attention of every top club in the UK and abroad.
And I have to say that I will be shocked if there aren’t bids for him this summer with Chelsea probably favourites to get him if that’s the case.
I have to be 1,000 per cent honest and admit that if he is still here at the end of the summer I will be surprised.
He will have been away with players from all the top clubs and will have been talking about life at places such as City, United, Chelsea and all the rest. He can’t help but to have been impressed – it’s natural.
I hope and pray I’m wrong and that he turns out to be another Mark Noble but we need to prepare ourselves for what may well be the realities of the situation.
When the Telegraph leaked stories that a couple of contract offers had been turned down it seemed pretty clear the newspaper had received some sort of steer.
There may be more of the same on the way. I really hope I’m wrong but I have to be honest – I’m a bit fearful.
Leroy was talking to Hughie Southon