?80million for Rice? Madness!

  • by Staff Writer
  • Thursday, 17th October 2019

His name was mud at West Ham United for many years after he left the club in disgrace back in 1989.

And Paul Ince's latest public comments will do little to ingratiate himself with those Hammers fans who still harbour a grudge against the former midfielder for the manner of his departure some 30 years ago.

Ince, 51, has seen fit to laugh off reports linking Declan Rice with a move to the Red Devils, to whom he himself forced a move all those years ago after refusing to play for West Ham.

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Rice, says the Ilford-born Ince, is worth nowhere near the ?80million fee currently being suggested as a transfer fee for the 20-year-old England international.

And he believes that Rice would be far better served by continuing his apprenticeship at West Ham, rather that following in his footsteps and moving to Old Trafford.

"People say things just for the sake of saying them," Ince told Talksport. "I don't think they'll spend ?80million on Declan Rice, that's for sure, at this moment in time.

"You've got to remember he was a centre-half. Aa a midfield player I've watched quite a lot of him this year - and he's still got a long way to go. I think he's at the right club at West Ham.

"He's playing week in, week out, which is important, and I think he's got the right people around him. People like Mark Noble who has been there a long time, so he'll learn a lot.

"But stop quoting these ridiculous prices. It's madness, it really is.

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"In two or three years time maybe [he will be worth it], but he's still got a lot to learn. He's still got to grow, be a lot more powerful and get up and down the park quicker than he does.

"That will come as his body develops more but he's still got to get himself in the box, got to score goals. That's going to be worth ?80-90million, so if he can learn that as he grows older, why not?"

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