Declan Rice drops hint over West Ham United future
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Declan Rice drops hint over West Ham United future

West Ham's Declan Rice has stated that he wants to play in the Champions League at some stage in his career.

Despite David Moyes' insistence that his midfield lynchpin is not for sale, the England international has been linked with a move to either Manchester United or Chelsea.

The Hammers are firmly in contention for a European spot this season, but Rice has hinted that if West Ham's Champions League bid is unsuccessful, he will look to join a top-four team.

Speaking to BBC's MOTDx, the 22-year-old said: "To have that Champions League music playing, that's where I want to be.

"It's special, I can't really describe it, to be honest. As a kid it's your dream, first of all, to play in the Premier League, but to be competing for the Champions League [as well].

"You know West Ham, people say (we're) a mid-table club, and last three seasons we've been battling relegation. But this, what we're doing now, has always been there. It was just about when. We're on fire.

"We're on course to have West Ham's best-ever season in the Premier League. That in itself is an achievement. There's a great chance that we are going to get some sort of European spot."

Before facing Everton on Sunday, West Ham are five points adrift of the top four, and Moyes is optimistic that Rice will return from a knee injury before the end of the season.