West Ham coach and former midfielder Kevin Nolan wants Declan Rice to snub transfer interest and stay put at the club.
West Ham first-team coach and former player Kevin Nolan is confident that Declan Rice has what it takes to go to the top and is hopeful that he does it as a Hammers player.
Chelsea are apparently set to rival Manchester City and Manchester United for the signature of the 22-year-old this summer according to reports.
As per recent news, the Blues have revived their interest in the midfielder, with boss Thomas Tuchel rumoured to be interested.
However, Chelsea are not the only Premier League side to have been credited with an interest in the 22-year-old.
Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City have consistently been linked, with the Spaniard thought to see Rice as a viable replacement for veteran midfielder Fernandinho.
Nolan, who joined David Moyes’ backroom staff as a first-team coach last year, has heaped praise on Rice and believes he can go right to the very top – and hopes that it is with West Ham.
“This lad just has it all: athleticism, he can pass it, good at heading, defending, he can run,” Nolan told The Athletic.
“He is absolutely top-notch and most of all he’s the most humble lad.
“I hope that he goes right to the top and I hope it will be here at West Ham.
“He’s taken us to new levels, certainly this season with his performances, and the quality we’ve been able to have around him.
“Hopefully he will be here for a couple more years to lead this team in the way he has this season.”