Man City rule out summer transfer for Declan Rice despite Pep Guardiola being a big fan of the £150m West Ham star

MANCHESTER CITY have ruled out Declan Rice moving in the summer.

City manager Pep Guardiola is said to be a big fan of the West Ham English midfielder.

Declan Rice will not move to Man City this summer


Declan Rice will not move to Man City this summerPhoto credit: Reuters

And with club captain Fernandinho expected to leave City at the end of the season, a move to Etihad seemed like Rice’s most likely goal.

But the champions’ priority now is a striker, with Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Haaland the number one target.

West Ham have made it clear they would not be keen on selling Rice during the closing season anyway – with Chelsea and Manchester United also heavily linked.

Despite not yet signing a new contract at the London Stadium, his club still value him in excess of £150million.

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That value is likely to drop if he continues to resist the Hammers’ efforts to tie him to a long-term contract.

He has two years left of his current tenures, while the club have the option to extend them by a further 12 months until summer 2025.

Guardiola will have to decide whether to bring in a defensive midfielder when 36-year-old Fernandinho ends his nine-year stint at Etihad.

He still has Rodri and Ilkay Gundogan – the German will soon be entering the last 12 months of his current contract.

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Earlier this season, Rice outlined his ambition to win every trophy available in football, saying of Gary Neville’s overlap: “The most important thing for me is that I don’t want to have a career where I haven’t won anything.

“I grew up with all these top players who have won all the big trophies like yourself, won the Premier League so many times and the Champions League.

“As a football fan and also as a player, I want to win the best things.

“I want to win the Premier League, I want to lift that trophy.

“I want to win the Champions League, the FA Cups, the League Cups, even things with England, I want to win everything.” Man City rule out summer transfer for Declan Rice despite Pep Guardiola being a big fan of the £150m West Ham star


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