West Ham ‘tell Manchester United and City that Declan Rice is NOT for sale this summer’ after both clubs made enquiries for England midfielder
- West Ham’s Declan Rice is a target for a number of Premier League clubs
- The Hammers do not want to part with the young England international
- Manchester City had seen Rice as an alternative if they do not sign Rodri
Manchester City and Manchester United have been rebuffed in their enquiries for West Ham midfielder Declan Rice, according to Sky Sports.
The youngster enjoyed a fine season for the Hammers, playing 34 games and earning three senior England caps after switching allegiance from Republic of Ireland.
However, despite attracting interest from top Premier League clubs, Rice is set to remain in East London for at least one more season.
Declan Rice is set to remain a West Ham player after the club rejected interest in him
Rice had been one of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s targets to bring to Old Trafford as he looks to rebuild his squad.
But, with his price rising, the Norwegian feels Manchester United have other areas that are more of a priority than central midfield.
Similarly, Rice was Manchester City’s back-up if they failed to secure a deal for Atletico Madrid’s Rodri.
The Spaniard has a release clause of £62million and the Premier League champions see him as a viable long-term replacement for Fernandinho.
The midfielder’s form has earned him a place in the England squad and he has three caps
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