West Ham know that Chelsea target Declan Rice will leave the club Patrice Evra has claimed.
Rice has developed into one of the very best holding midfielders in the game over at the Hammers, but his name has been in the headlines alot over the past few months about where he will end up after West Ham.
We are the firm favourites to try and get a transfer deal done, as constant reports have claimed that Frank Lampard sees Rice as the ideal man to come in and take-over from Ngolo Kante, who is being linked with a move away from the club on a weekly basis.
Now, amid all the speculation, The French defender was a pundit on Sky Sport watching West Ham’s 1-0 win over Sheffield United on Sunday – a game in which Rice was named ahead of Noble as skipper for the Irons, and he has claimed that the Hammers already know that they are going to lose Rice.
“Moyes has given him the captaincy, so for me, it symbols the future of West Ham. It’s not easy to put Mark Noble on the bench,” Evra explained.
“They know they are going to lose him, because many big clubs are interested in Declan, but right now, he’s the man of West Ham. I’m not surprised.
“I knew this player would never allow his head to get bigger because he’s so focused and so humble, and you can see him smiling – he’s happy, what a joy. I’m very pleased for him.”
We would love Rice here, but not for the right kind of money