‘I see my friends here, playing Champions League, winning the big trophies’: England midfielder Declan Rice admits desire to play top European football as the star fuels speculation he could LEAVE West Ham next summer, noting ‘you only get one career’
The 23-year-old has been a key part of England‘s run to the last-16 of the World Cup, but in his latest press conference from the Three Lions training camp, he’s revealed bigger hopes for the next stage of his career, including Champions League football.
Rice told reporters he’s been saying for years that he may consider an exit from the London Stadium. Rice said: ‘I’ve been playing consistently well for the club. I feel like I really wanna keep pushing.
‘I see my friends here, who are playing Champions League, winning the big trophies. You only get one career. At the end of your career, you want to look back at what you’ve won and the biggest games you’ve played in. I’m really ambitious, and I really want to do that.’
Declan Rice has hinted he may leave West Ham next summer for Champions League football
The England camp includes friends such as Mason Mount, who plays for Chelsea, after they formed a bond when Rice was a youth player at the Blues, before switching to the Hammers.
Rice has spent his entire senior career with West Ham, helping them to the Europa League semi-finals last season, but it is thought that he would like to experience the top tier of European club football.
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