Chelsea target Declan Rice hints at long-term London stay

Declan Rice’s contract with the Hammers will expire in 2024.

Chelsea target and current West Ham United midfielder Declan Rice has felt that he does not see himself spending a significant part of his career away from London. It means, he is looking for a long-term London stay.

The West Ham’s academy product made a total of 171 appearances across all competitions. His contract with the Hammers will expire in 2024.

The 23-year-old has been a transfer target for Chelsea and Rice is a big admirer of the club since his childhood days. His London plans can boost Chelsea’s plan for the future.

Talking to The Overlap, the Englishman said: “I’m here all the time. I’ve always wanted to stay close to this place, I feel like I don’t want to lose my roots.”

He also added when he was asked about his Chelsea background: “Yeah, growing up the whole family was Chelsea. I feel like it’s out there – everyone knows, it’s well documented.

“But I feel like when you play for a club like West Ham you become really affiliated to it, and there’s part of me now – and my family as well – that is a massive West Ham fan.”

West Ham have always stated that Rice is not for sale, with manager David Moyes suggesting in the past that it would take a bid of £100m to prise the player away from the East Londoners.

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