The long-winded Premier League season has now closed its doors and it was one in which West Ham’s story was spectacular. But the outcome may not be the best of news for Manchester United fans as they wait patiently for news surrounding Declan Rice.
Many United fans have been watching the Hammers since January because of Jesse Lingard’s sensational form.
The attacking midfielder, on loan from United, contributed nine goals as well as assisting five during his 16 appearances for the club.
Lingard’s form has brought questions with it regarding a possible swap deal for defensive midfielder Rice, who according to Transfermarkt is valued at £51.00m.
Just like the 28-year-old star, Rice has been in sensational form, protecting the defence and contributing to the goals that paved the way to West Ham achieving European football.
However, speaking to BBC Sport former United manager David Moyes played down the rumours involving the possible transfer of Rice to another club.
When asked if he now has a battle with other clubs to keep the 22-year-old next season, Moyes simply responded saying ‘not at all’.
Moyes’ position is strengthened by the fact that the Hammers have secured Europa League football next season after they finished with their highest points tally of the Premier League era.
The Hammers boss also responded to a question about how confident he remains about keeping the defensive midfielder at the club next season, quickly replying that he remains one hundred percent positive.
According to football.london, Moyes spoke again to the media where he provided more information on Rice and how he fully expects him to remain at West Ham next season.
“I don’t think David Sullivan, David Gold or myself have any intention of losing Declan Rice,” Moyes said.
“We have just qualified for Europe, I think it is a brilliant achievement and Declan is a big part of that and we want him to be a big part of what we do next year as well”.