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Overjoyed Rice but don’t relax until October 5

Make no mistake the Declan Rice transfer chat will go on right up to the window deadline day but right now he isn’t sounding like a bloke who wants to go anywhere.

He and Tomas Soucek are forming a terrific partnership which allows the new signing to get forward knowing his skipper – as was the case last night – will cover him at the back.

And Declan himself, playing out of his skin again last night, is thrilled with the way the team has responded following the Arsenal defeat.

It will come as no surprise, however, should Chelsea boss Frank Lampard make some sort of lowball bid for our main man before October 5.

However, he is still valued at £70 to £80 million by the Irons and would be impossible to replace in this window so it would be entirely foolhardy to let it happen surely.

There simply is no replacement at this stage and Chelsea really have no player they can throw into a mix to tempt us it seems.

Meanwhile talking about last night game at https://www.whufc.com/news/articles/2020/september/28-september/declan-rice-weve-had-great-reaction Declan said: “I stood here hereafter the Newcastle game and said we couldn’t have played any more poorly, but now two weeks in a row we’ve had a massive reaction,

“At Arsenal, we should have won, and tonight we’ve won comfortably. We nullified their best players, we had a game plan. It was 4-0, but we missed some big chances in the first half and it could easily have been six or seven.

“I’m absolutely buzzing with the performance. Wolves are a great side, but tonight we showed that we are a great team.”

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Declan Rice in action against Wolves

Rice was also thrilled for David Moyes’ backroom staff, with assistant Alan Irvine and coaches Paul Nevin, Kevin Nolan and Stuart Pearce stepping up as the manager had to take charge on Sunday from home, having tested positive for Covid-19 last week.

“Our manager tested positive for COVID, so the backroom staff have taken over,” he added. “I know they’ve been on Zoom calls all week and the manager’s been getting his points across to them, which they’ve been putting onto the training pitch.

“I couldn’t be any happier for the staff who were here tonight because they’ve stepped into the manager’s shoes brilliantly. It’s a collective effort and I’m delighted for the management tonight.

Rice had praise for Jarrod Bowen too, with his two-goal haul showing exactly what the January signing can do on the biggest stage.

“He’s full of energy and spark,” Rice explained. “When he comes inside on that left foot, he opens it up and bends it into the far corner and that’s what he’s good at.

“We see it every day in training and he’s turned that into goals on the pitch tonight so I’m delighted for him.”

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4 comments on “Overjoyed Rice but don’t relax until October 5

  1. This media circus will never stop . We still have January to contend with . The one and only way to put the brakes on it is for Declan to declare his allegiance to West Ham United .

  2. As far as I am concerned Ricey is a hammer and will remain a hammer unless 1) we get relegated, which I can’t see happening under DM, or 2) Sullivan sells him just to pee off us long suffering supporters. So whilst it is possible, I say it is improbable in this summer window. However there really is no point getting worked up on this matter either way – if he does go, than I will personally join in the anti-Sullivan campaign and will be more than happy uriniating all over his car. I would also hope DM walks out along with his coaching team as his position will become untenable. However I don’t think it will happen and I certainly won’t let the conjecture ruin my week as life is far too short. The media has a way of making up shocking lies and they’re never held to account, just like the moronic politicians here – I’m still looking for Blair to be serving life/hard labour for war crimes but it isn’t going to happen. Anyway, now I’ve gone totally off piste and will finish up by saying Deccars will stay, be our captain and we will crack on and start playing the WHU way!

  3. The owners would be mad to sell Rice he is so important for us .we could not replace him and imagine the uproar from the fans.

  4. All these comments presuppose that Rice will not want to go. Don’t forget that Chelsea is his club. All his family are Chelsea supporters. He lives very near their training ground. His best pal since childhood plays for Chelsea. They are likely to get European football every year. They will be challenging for every trophy. He will be playing with some of the best players in the world under a young, ambitious manager. You can also add to this the small matter of trebling his wages. Now what do West ham offer to counter balance all this? I really think our fans are totally unrealistic when it comes to Rice. I just hope he doesn’t go until the end of this season. But go he will.

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