West Ham confirms Declan Rice’s sale to Arsenal for a “British record fee.” Anticipation builds for the midfielder’s imminent arrival.
David Sullivan said in a statement: “I am sorry to see Declan leave us but I believe that everyone at West Ham United should be very proud of the part we have played in his journey from the Academy of Football at Chadwell Heath to becoming the most valuable young player in English football.
“I would like to make it clear to our supporters that we did not want to sell Declan. We wanted to build our team around him and made a series of improved, long-term contract offers to secure his future.
“However, once Declan made it clear that he wished to move on and seek a new challenge, the club felt it would not be right to stand in his way, acting in the best interests of West Ham United.”
Declan Rice will be the most expensive transfer between two British clubs
Arsenal, who are not mentioned in West Ham’s statement, have not yet made an announcement regarding the arrival of Rice for a record fee of £105 million, which would be the highest ever paid between two British clubs.
Thus, Declan Rice posted a farewell message on Instagram: “I can’t believe an incredible 10 years has come to an end. West Ham has been a massive part of my life on and off the pitch. Saying goodbye is never easy.
“I’ve had some unbelievable highs, none higher than that night in Prague. I’ve also grown a lot as a person, a player and as a captain.
“From the very first moment I captained the side, under the guidance of Nobes [Mark Noble], I have felt nothing other than pride & passion. As a captain, delivering that European trophy was the icing on the cake.
Furthermore, Declan Rice added: “My connection with the fans means everything to me and my family. You have treated us like one of your own since the day I arrived. Thank you.
“Everyone knows how special West Ham is as a club that goes for all managers, coaches, back room staff and of course, my team mates.
“Thank you for some amazing memories and some of the best days of my life.”