Declan Rice has offered West Ham United fans new hope over his future at the club after he was filmed telling a young supporter he is going ‘nowhere’ this summer.
Arsenal are set to make a £90m bid for the England international this week with Bayern and Manchester United also in the race for the midfielder’s signature.
Rice lifted the Europa League Conference League trophy after the Hammers’ 2-1 win over Fiorentina on Wednesday in what was believed to be his last appearance in a West Ham shirt.
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Club chairman David Sullivan also confirmed the player will be allowed to leave this summer but Rice himself has been reluctant to speak out on his next move.
In another twist, video footage has emerged of the midfielder being quizzed by a young fan on his next transfer move.
In the video shared on TikTok by Virajplay4, Rice is asked which club he wants to join, responding, ‘Nowhere, I’m West Ham.’ Asked if he had to pick a team, Rice added: ‘Nah, I don’t. West Ham’s my one.’
The video is reported to have been recorded on Saturday.
@virajplays4 Leaked footage of declan ruce staying at west ham. @Fabrizio Romano im coming for you #fyp ♬ original sound Virajplays4
Arsenal have made Rice their number one summer target with reports suggesting he favours a move to the Emirates.
Rice has only one year left on current contract at the London Stadium having turned down offers to extend.
‘We promised him he could go. He set his heart on going. You can’t ask for a man who has committed more to us this season,’ West Ham chairman Sullivan told talkSPORT last week.
‘In due course, he has to get on and we have to get a replacement – or several replacements.
‘It’s not something we want to happen. We offered him £200,000-a-week 18 months ago. He turned it down.
‘It’s cost him £10million to stay at West Ham in that time [in lost wages]. And he wants to go. You can’t keep a player who doesn’t want to be there.’