Declan Rice has been urged to snub a potential transfer to Manchester United and instead remain at West Ham to drive them into the top four by ex-Arsenal and England star
Rice has been linked continuously with United over the past 12 months after his sparkling form for West Ham.
And the midfielder’s development has also seen him evolve into a key player for England too, with the Hammers captain starting every match for Gareth Southgate in their run to the Euro 2020 final this summer.
Earlier this month, the 22-year-old’s former team-mate Jack Wilshere encouraged Rice to stay in east London rather than make the jump to Manchester to solve their midfield woes.
And now Wright has issued a similar message to Rice, insisting that he should stay at West Ham for the next few years and lead the Londoners into the top four.
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“West Ham are in the top-four right now but people are constantly saying Declan should leave. He shouldn’t leave yet,” Wright said on The Ringer FC podcast.
“Declan is captain of a West Ham side in the top-four. Why should Declan move and go anywhere for the next few years when he can lead West Ham into the top-four?
“Who knows what’s going to happen with them in the Europa League, they could go far in that too. Why would you leave?
“Of course you’re looking at Manchester United and Chelsea but why leave at the moment?
“He might be able to play in the Champions League with West Ham, and he’s the captain. Go as far as you can with West Ham, give them another four years. You’ll still be in your peak.”
West Ham have taken huge strides forward under David Moyes over the past two years, with the former Everton and United manager guiding them to a top-six finish last term, securing European football for the current campaign.
The Hammers have taken to the Europa League like a duck to water and are currently perched comfortably at the top of Group H after winning their opening three games.
They are now joint-favourites in the betting ranks to win the entire competition – which would catapult the Londoners into the Champions League next year.
Rice has been pivotal in their sensational run, netting twice in three games to leave the Hammers on the cusp of qualifying for the next round already.
The midfielder has added an extra dimension to his game this year by developing a goalscoring touch, something Wright sees as further evidence that he should stay put.
Wright added: “Rice has got no reason to leave. If I’m part of his team, I’m telling him to stay and keep progressing at West Ham.
“He’s killing it for England, he’s killing it for West Ham. So why leave? He should stay and keep pushing West Ham.”