Date: 13th July 2022 at 12:20pm
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Chelsea and Manchester United target Declan Rice reportedly has a gentleman’s agreement with current side West Ham that will allow him to leave next summer. 

According to TalkSport, the Englishman has an agreement in place with the Hammers that will mean he is free to leave the club for the right price next summer.

Talksport’s Alex Crook stated that he ‘wouldn’t be surprised’ to see the midfielder end up at Chelsea, the club where he started his career as an academy player.

“It wouldn’t surprise me if he ends up at Chelsea in the long haul,” Crook said.

“People feel that he might have a bit of unfinished business there, possibly similar to Nathan Ake – it looks like he will be on his way back to Stamford Bridge from Man City.

Rice looks set to become the Hammers’ club captain for the upcoming season

“We know about his friendship with Mason Mount. Simon [Jordan] will probably tell you that that doesn’t really come into play when players pick their new clubs, but they do have a really strong bond.

“I think Declan Rice will give West Ham one more year.

“I think there’s almost a gentleman’s agreement that he will do that… although we know they don’t mean much in football from the Harry Kane saga last summer.

“I expect him to leave next summer and if Chelsea are a Champions League club, if they finish in the top four as I would expect them to, I think they’ll be right there knocking on West Ham’s door.”

Rice has been linked with both Chelsea and United in recent months, and it is believed that the 23-year-old would prefer a move to Stamford Bridge.

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