£62k-a-week star ‘could leave after World Cup’ at London Stadium

West Ham midfielder Declan Rice is unlikely to remain at the London Stadium beyond this season if he has a good World Cup, believes transfer insider Dean Jones.

The 23-year-old is attracting interest from the likes of Liverpool and Chelsea, and Jones can see him leaving his current club at the end of the campaign.

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What is the latest news involving Rice?

According to Football Insider, Liverpool want to buy a marquee midfielder next year.

The same outlet states that the Reds are pushing hard to sign Borussia Dortmund’s Jude Bellingham but are facing strong competition for his signature.

Bellingham does not seem to be the only midfielder Liverpool are eyeing, however, with Football Insider also claiming that they hold an interest in Rice.

It could see them go toe-to-toe with Chelsea in the transfer market, as a report from The Telegraph states that the west London club have the West Ham captain on their radar, too.

What has Jones said about Rice and West Ham?

If Rice delivers in Qatar, Jones thinks the chances of him leaving West Ham will increase.

Speaking to GIVEMESPORT, the journalist said: “We can all see that we’re not exactly sure where West Ham are at the moment, but we can see that Declan Rice is clearly the star performer and the main man of this team.

“If he goes to the World Cup and does well, it’s hard to see him staying at West Ham beyond this season.”

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Does Rice need a good World Cup to secure a move away from West Ham?

Not really. It would probably make a switch away from the London Stadium more likely, but Rice has already done enough to get a transfer to a side like Liverpool or Chelsea.

Simply put, he is one of the best midfielders in the Premier League, with Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola describing him as an “exceptional player”.

Last season, Rice averaged the most interceptions per top-flight game in West Ham’s squad (via WhoScored), showing his ability to thwart attacks.

For any club looking to sign a new defensive midfielder, the £62,000-a-week England international would be perfect. How many teams can actually afford him, though? With David Moyes claiming that the Hammers value him at £150m, probably not a lot.

And if he excels at the World Cup, perhaps that number may even go up in what would be a blow to the likes of Liverpool and Chelsea.

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