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"You only get one career" - Man Utd target drops huge hint he's ready to move to Old Trafford

Rory O'Callaghan

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"You only get one career" - Man Utd target drops huge hint he's ready to move to Old Trafford

Declan Rice has put several Premier League clubs on red alert after hinting he is ready to leave West Ham.

Manchester United and Chelsea have been strongly linked with a move for Rice, while Liverpool are also thought to be interested in the 23-year-old.

The England international has been with West Ham since joining the club from Chelsea as a youngster in 2014.

After making his first-team debut in 2017, he has gone on to make 215 senior appearances for the club, scoring 11 times.

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Rice is now club captain at the London Stadium and is under contract until 2024, with West Ham reportedly holding an option to extend his deal by a further year.

However, the midfielder has strongly suggested he is ready to leave the Hammers in search of Champions League football, with the club languishing down in 16th in the Premier League.

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Rice: You only get one career

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Speaking ahead of England's last 16 match against Senegal at the World Cup, Rice said: "I've been playing consistently well for the club. I feel like I really wanna keep pushing.

"I see my friends here, who are playing Champions League, winning the big trophies. You only get one career.

"At the end of your career, you want to look back at what you've won and the biggest games you've played in. I'm really ambitious, and I really want to do that."

One of the friends Rice could be referring to is fellow England international Mason Mount, who played alongside the West Ham midfielder during their time together in Chelsea's youth teams.

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Mount has won several major trophies with the Blues, including the Champions League, UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup.

How much could Rice cost?

If Rice does leave West Ham in January or the summer, he could end up being the most expensive English player in history.

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Earlier this year, Hammers boss David Moyes slapped a £150m price tag on the midfielder, which – if paid – would dwarf the current record transfer fee for a British player - the £100m paid by Manchester City to Aston Villa for Jack Grealish in 2020.

"The first thing to say is that he is not for sale," Moyes said when asked if £150m represented a fair valuation of Rice.

"If you are interested, well, it will be north of that. One hundred was cheap last summer.

"One hundred and fifty just now would be minimum but he is not for sale. What I do know is that it means there are only certain clubs that could even consider it."

Featured Image Credit: Alamy

Topics: Manchester United, Chelsea, Liverpool, West Ham United, Declan Rice, Premier League, Football, Transfers, England

Rory O'Callaghan
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