West Ham United midfielder Declan Rice is expected to remain at the club beyond this summer, according to reports. The England international midfielder was strongly linked with a move away from the club and had links with Manchester United and Chelsea, the two major clubs that that were interested in his signature but after being put off by the £100 million transfer fee that the Hammers were demanding for their star midfielder, none of them made a formal bid for the player. Rice is willing to leave West Ham and sign for a big club this summer but he is reportedly not interested in handing a transfer request or force a move away from the London club.

Chelsea showed the most interest from all the clubs to have been rumored to want him this summer but even the Blues were reluctant to pay a sum that huge. It is not yet clear whether the midfielder will be signing a new contract extension at the London Stadium but he is expected to remain at the club for at least beyond this summer. Thomas Tuchel aims to improve his squad depth this summer and after the Blues wrap up the signing of Lukaku from Inter Milan, they are expected to go all out and try to sign a central defender before possibly trying to recruit a midfielder afterward.

West Ham manager David Moyes sees Rice as an integral part of his squad and would do anything to keep him for at least one more season as they will be participating in the UEFA Europa League this campaign. He wants to have a full squad to select from and losing Rice could hamper their chances of playing as well as they did last season.

Chelsea may return for the player next summer but for now, they will have to resign to the fact that they may not be able to sign him this summer.