DECLAN RICE says his dreams of playing in the Champions League are ‘urgent’ amid major transfer warning to West Ham.
riceThe current contract with the club expires in June 2024 – without talks being able to be extended so far.
And the England international has again hinted his future could lie outside the club after admitting he sees himself as one of the best players in the world.
When asked about his desire to win trophies and play in the Champions League, Rice said: “It’s as urgent as it can be. I have the feeling, not only for me, this also applies to every young player.
“I see friends who are close to me, big players winning big trophies. You want to be a part of it. You want to be remembered in this career for what you have won.
“I feel like one of the established top players around the world. I’m only 23
“But in terms of my playing strength and consistent performance, I now see myself as an established player who has good experience and can play at any level if needed.
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“We are very close to West Ham at the moment and last season it was a shame to lose them but we are pushing.
“We continue. The Champions League is a big goal for me and hopefully one day I can play in it and these moments that I have now can spur me on to be even better.”
west ham are currently fifth – two points behind Man United in fourth – but the top four look out of control with Arsenal and Tottenham having games in hand.
Moyes’ men also came close last season before finishing sixth – and Rice has been a key figure for both club and country in recent seasons.
He was named Player of the Year at the London Football Awards on Thursday night – three years after winning the Young Player of the Year title.
When asked about his £100m valuation, Rice added: “You hear those numbers and to me it’s crazy. All I can do is go out and perform, regardless of the price.
“I just have to focus on playing well and playing at the best possible level.”
Rice revealed in an interview with Gary Neville on The Overlap that he would like to stay in the capital – specifically close to his family in west London.
He grew up a blues fan and was at their academy – alongside his best mate Mason Mount – and his release before joining West Ham still acts as a motivator.
Rice said: “I was sacked by Chelsea when I was 14, it was a setback. I was almost sacked by West Ham when I was 16, it was almost a setback.
“I’ve had big games where we lost, like the European Championship final against England. That really spurs you on to want to improve.”
https://www.the-sun.com/sport/football/premier-league/4822340/declan-rice-urgent-dream-champions-league/ Declan Rice hints at Man Utd or Chelsea transfer as he reveals ‘urgent’ dream of playing in Champions League