Declan Rice insists he is focused on staying at West Ham United this summer, per The Guardian.
He has enjoyed a breakthrough season under Manuel Pellegrini, after all, playing a total of 38 times in all competitions and earning a call-up to Gareth Southgate’s England squad for the Nations League finals.
And he maintains that he is content with his lot at West Ham, having signed a new contract in December.
He said: “I know that there’s speculation but I signed a five-year contract with West Ham during the season.
“So my focus is fully on playing for West Ham. I’ve got a great connection with the fans; the fans love me and I love them and that’s the way it is at the moment. I’m not thinking about anything else, for sure.”
Rice could become a Hammers legend if he remains at the club for the duration of his career.
He is already seen as perhaps the best young player to play for the club since the days of Frank Lampard and Rio Ferdinand.
And, yes, he could well earn himself a massive move to a Manchester club or potentially a big foreign side.
But we’ve seen how revered the likes of Mark Noble and his ilk are at the Hammers; he has committed himself to the club and become an icon in the process.
Rice could do the same; he’s well on the way given how much supporters adore him.
It is down to him to ensure he enters the pantheon of the greats.