Rice and agent confirm to West Ham the captain is leaving


CandH Exclusive By Hughie Southon

Declan Rice will definitely be leaving West Ham United in the summer.

Earlier we wrote that it may be possible the Hammers skipper would be ready to remain at the club should we win the Europa Conference competition and again take our place in the Europa Trophy again.

Declan with his agent/Dad Sean

Sadly that has turned out to be a vain hope and Claret and Hugh has now had it confirmed at the highest level that Dec will be on his way,

We were the first to break the news that he would stay at the club this season but the board were ready to let him move on in this summer.

Hs father/agent Sean is determined, along with Declan himself, to find a club at the highest level of the game.

Out key source explained: There is no chance of Declan remaining at the club. Conversations have been held with him and his father and he wants a big club that potentially is in the Champions League every year.

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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!"

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  • The Cat says:

    It was a nice thought, but I never truly believed for a single second that Declan would be staying with us, and to be honest I wouldn’t begrude him the move which we knew had been coming for some time.
    Declan has already written himself into legend status at this club and will ALWAYS be West Ham. He has a true connection to this club and the memories created with us will always be treasured memories. From youth player with the academy, getting into the first team, becoming club captain and then playing for England.
    When he signed his last deal with us, we knew then that his long-term future wouldn’t be with us and it was NEVER about the money for Declan, if it was, he would have signed a new contract with us for more money.
    Declan Rice, West Ham legend and future England Capatin ⚒⚒

  • Mr Buddy Lurve says:

    Understandable. Get the deal done early and let’s all just move on.

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