Rice helps West Ham secure Europe
West Ham secured European football for next season with a 3-0 victory over Southampton in which the highly coveted Declan Rice converted the third goal for the Hammers.
The England international has been missing for a number of matches towards the end of the season but returned to help secure a qualification spot for the second-tier UEFA competition next season.
Rice spoke of how he was ‘buzzing’ to have helped his side reach 6th spot.
West Ham secured their best league finish in 22 years and qualified for the Europa League as this 3-0 win over Southampton secured a sixth-placed finish. pic.twitter.com/JLSrODDtEJ
— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) May 23, 2021
He posted to his Instagram an image celebrating with on-loan Manchester United attacking midfielder Jesse Lingard. The English pair have been instrumental in the Hammers’ brilliant season.
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No intention of losing Rice
After the match, the celebrations were jubilant as expected but it was not long before manager David Moyes was asked about the future of his star midfielder.
The Scottish coach replied that he and the club’s owners are in agreement that they have absolutely no intention of selling Rice this summer and will be needing him in the European journey next season.
“I don’t think David Sullivan or David Gold or myself have any intention of losing Declan Rice,” Moyes said. “We’ve just qualified for Europe. It’s a brilliant achievement. Declan’s a big part of that and we want him to be a big part of that next year as well.
LONDON, ENGLAND – MAY 23: David Moyes, Manager of West Ham United celebrates following the Premier League match between West Ham United and Southampton at London Stadium on May 23, 2021 in London, England. A limited number of fans will be allowed into Premier League stadiums as Coronavirus restrictions begin to ease in the UK. (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)
“If I had this exact team and the exact group of players, I’d think I have a good chance. I’m hoping I can add some more, similar characters, similar people who have performed at an incredible level this season. You need good players to be successful.”
Whilst this will give encouragement to West Ham United supporters, ultimately players have still left despite the wishes of their coaches and should the money be too good to turn down or Rice himself push for a move, Moyes’ words may end up being rather hollow.