Declan Rice, the West Ham captain, has played his final game for the team, and what a way to go out. There doesn’t seem to be much doubt about it now.
The midfielder expertly guided his Hammers team to victory over Fiorentina in a tough Europa Conference League final..
The greatest way to go out is undoubtedly by being only the third West Ham captain in history to win a major trophy, joining Bobby Moore and Billy Bonds, as long as the residents of east London receive what they want for him. Rice is sure to have a line of customers given his skill set, which could lead to a Dutch auction in which the player is sold to the highest bidder. Sam Allardyce, a former Leeds manager, said on the No Tippy Tappy Football Podcast that Rice might choose Man City over the rumored favorites, Arsenal.
Becoming only the third West Ham captain in history to lift a major trophy after Bobby Moore and Billy Bonds is surely the best way to bow out – as long as the east Londoners get what they want for him.
Given his skill set, Rice is bound to have a queue of takers for his services and that could see a Dutch auction break out with the player sold to the highest bidder.
Speaking on the No Tippy Tappy Football Podcast, former Leeds manager, Sam Allardyce, suggested that Rice could go to Man City rather than rumoured favourites, Arsenal.If he (Rice) goes there (Man City), who will be happy going there (West Ham),” Tim Sherwood asked in response.
“Kalvin Phillips? Pep (Guardiola) will give him a chance to succeed.”
As they continued discussing a Phillips switch to the London Stadium in more depth, the ex-Tottenham Hotspur manager did go on to say “Love it. Great move.”