- by Staff Writer
- Monday, 29th November 2021
It's no secret that West Ham United's Declan Rice's vision for his future involves playing Champions League football on a regular basis.And for Hammers fans, who have become accustomed to the media - and even some former West Ham players - suggesting the 22-year-old's departure is imminent, Rice offered a glimmer of hope following yesterday's 2-1 defeat at Manchester City that a move away from the club is by no means a certainty.
Speaking to the Evening Standard's Jack Rosser, Rice said: "Hopefully the club can get in the Champions League. My ambition, of course, is that I want to play in the Champions League as well. Hopefully the club can keep pushing.”
Of course those comments could equally be viewed as a thinly-veiled warning that should David Moyes' side fail to finish in the top four of the Premier League this season, the player may be seeking a move elsewhere next summer.
Yet few who know Rice will tell you that his exit is anywhere close to happening, such is the affection he has for West Ham and its supporters who have ardently backed him since he made his debut as a pro some four years ago.
On Sunday's defeat, West Ham's fourth in 13 league matches so far this season, Rice admitted that he was "frustrated" by the 2-1 reversal - even though the club remain fourth in the table as a result.
"It is frustrating because we were in such good form before the international break,” he added. "After we beat Liverpool it was like we could have played again within the next two days and beat someone else.
“Wednesday [against Brighton] will be key because we’ve always found it tough against them. We want to put on a real strong performance at home and get back to winning ways and stay in the top four.
“If we play like we did at [Manchester] City there is no reason we can’t get a result in those games.”
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