West Ham United manager David Moyes claims that Declan Rice is worth far more than £100 million.
The 22-year-old defensive midfielder has recently been linked with Premier League giants like Manchester United and Chelsea.
It remains to be seen whether the Hammers can hold on to the England international beyond this season.
“The owners think he’s worth £100m — well, I completely disagree with that,” Moyes claimed (via The Times). “Far, far more than £100m.
“I have watched the prices of some players who have gone to clubs recently and they could not lace Declan Rice’s boots. They have come from overseas and made nowhere near the impact Declan would have.”
West Ham have been excellent in the Premier League this season and they have a good chance of qualifying for European football.
Rice has been instrumental to their success this season and losing him would be a major blow for Moyes and the Londoners.
There is no doubt that the youngster is one of the best defensive midfielders in the league right now and it wouldn’t be a surprise at the top clubs tried to sign him in the summer.
However, it is clear that West Ham will demand a lot more than £100 million for their prized asset and it remains to be seen whether Rice’s suitors are willing to cough up that kind of money for him.
There is no doubt that Rice is a talented young player who has the potential to develop into a world-class player but he has done nothing so far to justify that kind of a price tag.
It is extremely likely that his suitors will agree to West Ham’s absurd demands for him anytime soon.
That said, if the London club’s valuation of the midfielder helps them hold onto him for a few more seasons the fans will certainly be delighted.
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