West Ham midfielder Declan Rice

‘It’s all talk’ – Rice responds to Manchester United transfer rumours

Declan Rice has insisted that West Ham is ‘the best place’ for him at the moment, saying that talk linking him with a move to Manchester United is just that.

The youngster has been linked with a £70 million move to Old Trafford in recent days, as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer looks to continue his rebuilding project, with Manchester United languishing in 12th place in the Premier League, just two points above the relegation zone.

The Norwegian’s midfield has been a particular concern this season following the departures of Marouane Fellaini and Ander Herrera over recent months, with Nemanja Matic and Fred failing to impress, while Paul Pogba has made no secret of his desire to leave the club.

West Ham holding midfielder Rice has been identified as an ideal addition to Man United’s ranks, seemingly fitting in with Solskjaer’s strategy of targeting young British talent, though the England international has said that it is ‘just talk’.

“I signed a five-year contract with West Ham last year, which will keep me at club till I’m 24, and for me this is the best place to be right now,” Rice is quoted as saying by the Daily Mirror.

“I am playing for a manager who has given me my chance and played me week in, week out.

“I’m improving every week and although I see all this speculation, I don’t really think about it too much.

“It’s all talk until something happens – and nothing has – so I’m just focused on West Ham, doing my best and making fans happy.”

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