David Moyes has continued to fend off suitors for West Ham midfielder Declan Rice, insisting he is planning to keep building his side around the England international.
Rice was an in-demand talent last season but has elevated his game to new heights this year, proving to be one of the stand-out players in the Premier League across the first half of the campaign.
Moyes slapped a £100m price tag on Rice, whose contract runs until 2024 and includes the option of a further 12 months, but the boss believes that 'bargain' fee is now off the table.
"Declan's under a long contract so from that point of view we've not got a big panic on," said Moyes (via BBC Sport). "We've no intention of selling him and I've said already many, many times, if we ever had to, it would be a shoot to the moon.
"My job is to keep building the club and the level up. We need players around Declan who are at a similar level. He has been a revelation for us this season and hopefully he keeps driving the team on."
Despite his high praise, Moyes still stressed that Rice has work to do if he is to fulfil his true potential.
"If you break Declan down, you might look at really tidy players and say 'I want you to become even better in your passing'," the boss continued.
"So you can look at Frenkie de Jong or Jorginho, but Declan is a bit of an all-rounder, and there's not many better."
Rice continues to be tracked by the Premier League's top sides, with Chelsea and Manchester United two of several teams to have expressed an interest in signing the West Ham man in the future.
Concerns over his price tag, which Moyes believes is well over £100m now, has scared a lot of those sides off, with suitors considering other options in an attempt to save money.