Long-term Chelsea target Declan Rice has opened up on his future, revealing his unwavering commitment to West Ham United.
The 23-year-old, who rose through the academy ranks at West Ham, has established himself as one of the finest midfield talents across Europe.
His sensational display in the center of the park has sparked multiple interests, with the likes of Chelsea and Manchester United and Manchester United linked with a move for the Englishman.
However, Rice has now broken silence on speculation about a potential exit from the London Stadium, revealing his frustration with the endless rumours.
“Everyone knows my relationship with the players here, with the manager,” Rice told Sky Sports.
“I never complained once. Every time I put on the shirt, it’s to give 100%.
“Everything that happens off the pitch takes care of itself; I can’t control this. What I can control is going out there and trying to be the best player every time I put on the shirt.
Following another solid campaign, talk of a potential West Ham exit has followed Declan Rice into the summer transfer window, with the 23-year-old once again linked with a return to boyhood club Chelsea.
He made 50 appearances in all competitions last season, scoring five goals and providing four assists to help the Hammers secure a seventh Premier League finish and a place in the Europa League semi-finals.
“It’s annoying, obviously, because of the numbers that are attached to your name. Obviously, you can’t control that at all,” Rice added.
“Sometimes there’s stuff that you see that you obviously don’t want to hear because it’s not really true in some way. But I can’t control that, all I can do is go to the field and play football and be happy.
“For the last two seasons that’s what I’ve done and that’s the trust that the manager has put in me, so all this speculation, that’s what comes with playing well, I Assumed.”
Rice was reportedly the subject of serious interest from Manchester United last summer before the Red Devils opted against a move after being assessed by the Hammers’ staggering valuation.
He has been a key figure for club and country, making 35 appearances for the Three Lions and 195 for David Moyes’ side since breaking into the first team in the 2016-17 campaign.