West Ham expect Declan Rice interest from big clubs, says Manuel Pellegrini but Hammers are not planning to sell
- Big clubs are expected to show interest in West Ham’s Declan Rice this summer
- But the London club have no plans to sell the newly-capped England midfielder
- Manuel Pellegrini says Rice has his price but he’ll only sell if Rice wants to leave
West Ham are bracing themselves for interest in Declan Rice from big clubs this summer but have no plans to sell their rising star midfielder.
Manager Manuel Pellegrini admits Rice has his price but he will only sell him if he wants to leave — and the 20-year-old has not shown any desire to depart the club that handed him his route into professional football.
Big clubs are expected to show interest in West Ham United star Declan Rice, 20, this summer
‘You never want to sell your good players but you understand that in some clubs, always there will be a deal,’ Pellegrini said.
‘If the player wants to go, if the deal is very good for the player, if the deal is very good for this club and he can continue growing, it is very difficult for you to keep the player.
‘The important thing is Declan Rice is not thinking about going out of this team. He thinks to play here, and the future depends on so many things.
‘It is just a matter of price. There are big teams who decide to pay an important amount of money. Sure if it is a good deal for the club and the player and he improves his career then we can do it.
‘But I don’t know nothing about that yet. A lot of players when they arrive to the first team, or they start playing in the Premier League, they think that they are ready. Declan is always knowing he must learn a lot more.’
West Ham are fighting to finish seventh in the Premier League, which could see them qualify for Europe. Saturday’s visitors Everton are a direct rival for that position.
On whether qualifying for Europe can help the Hammers in the transfer market this summer, Pellegrini said: ‘Having a spot in Europe is better for the team, player, manager and everyone.
‘We will see if we can do it but what I am absolutely sure of is that we are going to fight for it until the end of the season.’
Boss Manuel Pellegrini admits Rice has his price but he will only sell if Rice wants to leave