West Ham have informed both Manchester clubs they have no intention of selling Declan Rice this summer, after both sides made enquiries about the England midfielder.
Rice experienced a breakthrough season for Manuel Pellegrini's side in 2018/19, racking up 38 appearances and winning his first England caps after some fine displays for the Hammers.
Great to end the season on a high, Massive thank you to the traveling fans for you’re support throughout the nations league it’s been amazing. Now time for a break before we go again next season❤️女 @England— Declan Rice (@_DeclanRice) June 9, 2019
Such has been the 20-year-old's form that both Manchester City and Manchester United contacted West Ham over his availability this window. However, both clubs have been knocked back in their approaches, according to Sky Sports, with the west London side informing the Premier League duo that they will not entertain bids for their starlet.
The report from Sky Sports claims that City saw Rice as the perfect alternative for Atletico Madrid's Rodri, as Guardiola's side were pursuing other avenues if they were to fail in their efforts to sign the Spanish star.
It seems as though there will be no need to chase up a deal for Rice though, with the Citizens widely expected to
This could turn out to be one of the signings of the summer....— 90min (@90min_Football) June 14, 2019
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