Date: 28th October 2021 at 3:57pm
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David Moyes has transformed West Ham United into a winning machine.

Following a sixth placed finish last term, the Hammers are going great in the Europa League, League Cup and currently sit in the top-four of the Premier League this season.

Angelo Ogbonna has been a rock at the back, while Michail Antonio has provided the spark in attack.

However, midfielder Declan Rice has arguably been the Irons’ brightest light over the past few seasons, putting in top performances on a consistent basis in the middle of the park.

The England international, who starred as the Three Lions reached the Euro 2020 final, has been linked with a transfer away from the London Stadium on more than one occasion.

But former West Ham and Arsenal striker Ian Wright feels the 22-year-old should stay put for now.

“West Ham are in the top-four right now, but people are constantly saying Declan should leave. He shouldn’t leave yet,” Wright told the Ringer FC Podcast.

“Declan is captain of a West Ham side in the top-four. Why should Declan move and go anywhere for the next few years when he can lead West Ham into the top-four?

Rice has become an important player for England.

“Who knows what’s going to happen with them in the Europa League, they could go far in that too. Why would you leave? Of course, you’re looking at Manchester United and Chelsea, but why leave at the moment?

“He might be able to play in the Champions League with West Ham, and he’s the captain.

“Go as far as you can with West Ham; give them another four years. You’ll still be in your peak.

“Rice has got no reason to leave. If I’m part of his team, I’m telling him to stay and keep progressing at West Ham.

“He’s killing it for England, he’s killing it for West Ham. So why leave? He should stay and keep pushing West Ham.”

Rice started his career with Chelsea but moved to East London when he was released at the age of 14.

He has since progressed through the Hammers’ ranks to make 157 appearances in all competitions to date.

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