One of Manuel Pellegrini’s most important players of the season so far for West Ham United has been Declan Rice.
The teenager is versatile in that he can play as a defensive midfielder or in the back line.
Since coming into the team in the early stages of the campaign, Rice has made the holding role his own.
While his performances on the pitch have been impressive, there has been an ongoing story bubbling in the background that has some supporters worried.
Rice is yet to sign a new contract, despite the fact that his current one at the London Stadium expires at the end of the season.
The 19-year-old has not given any indication that he wants to leave the East London outfit, but that has not stopped the media linking him with a move elsewhere.
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According to the Daily Star, Manchester United are interested in making a move for Rice, but the report suggests that manager Jose Mourinho wants the youngster to solve his centre-back problem rather than install him in midfield.
West Ham insider @ExWHUemployee drew attention to the story on Twitter, and it sparked quite the response from supporters.
If he goes, board will have a lot to answer for.
— Tom Pearson (@TomPearson8) November 18, 2018
If two clubs come in for him, it’ll take him about 4 years to decide who to play for….so we’ll get to keep him by default.
— Malc (@TruantFox) November 18, 2018
Declan Rice will inevitably be a target for all the big clubs either now or very soon due to the standard he performs every single game he plays. Most comfortable youth player when on the ball we have had come through the youth system since Carrick. Key player for us already.
— Josh Verrills (@WestHamJoshV) November 18, 2018
If we let him go it will go down as one of the biggest mistakes West Ham have made signing wise
— mark smith (@msmithwhu) November 18, 2018
New deal needs to get sorted ASAP
— Oliver Bruton (@olliebruton) November 19, 2018
We have to keep him. He is our new Bobby Moore ⚒
— totti (@tottidambra) November 18, 2018
has he been offered a sensible contact….we need Declan
— Stephen Field (@Stephen62496831) November 18, 2018
He will go in January nobody stays at west ham for long
— gary watkins (@GaryGwatkins) November 18, 2018
If he leaves because of this, the owners will have no way of coming back from that
— That Guy Blake (@heavy_sunshine) November 18, 2018