West Ham United manager Stuart Pearce is confident that midfielder Declan Rice will ignore the current Chelsea interest in his services in order to stay at the club “for years to come”.
The 21-year-old star was strongly linked with the Blues during the summer transfer market, but the deadline passed with the Englishman still at the London Stadium.
A recent report claimed that Chelsea would reignite their interest in the January transfer market, with the club’s chief Frank Lampard determined to bring him to Stamford Bridge and convert him into a central defender.
However, the Englishman has been backed to reject the interest from the London rivals by the Hammers coach Pearce.
“I played my football where I enjoyed playing football and turned money down to stay where I was happy,” The Sun quotes Stuart as saying.
“My biggest driver was probably playing for the national team. I get the same impression now with Dec – he is intensely proud of representing England.
“He’ll make his own decisions but we are lucky at West Ham to have a current captain called Mark Noble who has been here for a number of years and has shown great loyalty to the club.
“I like to think Dec will be at West Ham for years to come, leading the club on to success.”
Declan, who has captained the Hammers in three of their four PL matches this season, has a contract at the London Stadium outfit until the summer of 2024.