·8 June 2023
·8 June 2023
West Ham chairman David Sullivan has said that Declan Rice will leave the club this summer.
The England midfielder lifted the UEFA Europa Conference League with the Hammers following their 2-1 win over Fiorentina in what looks set to have been his last game for the club.
Arsenal and Bayern Munich are among the clubs said to be interested in Rice, who Sullivan says has been promised that he can leave West Ham this summer.
“I think it has to be. We promised him he could go,” Sullivan told TalkSport when asked if he has played his final game for the club.
“He set his heart on going and in due course he has to get on and we have to get a replacement.
“It is not something we wanted to happen. We offered him £200,000 a week 18 months ago and he turned it down. You can’t keep a player who doesn’t want to be there.
“I think the offers will start to come today. Three or four clubs have shown interest but out of respect to West Ham, while we’re still playing, you don’t make offers for players.”
West Ham are expected to demand north of £100m to depart with the midfielder, who has two years remaining on his current deal.
But speaking after his side’s Conference League victory, Rice said he is still unsure where his future will lie.
“It’s not a goodbye yet,” he told BT Sport.
“Look, at the moment there’s a lot of speculation about my future.
“There is interest from other clubs, that’s out there, but ultimately I’ve still got two years left at West Ham.
“There hasn’t been anything yet. Let’s wait and see, who knows.
“When I started at West Ham 10 years ago I never thought I’d be captain of the club and then tonight, to go on and lift the trophy it’s another level now.”
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