Pundit claims Premier League star is unlikely to sign for Spurs or Chelsea

Football pundit Alan Brazil has claimed West Ham captain Declan Rice would be a ‘perfect’ fit for Liverpool, but suggests the midfielder is unlikely to sign for Tottenham Hotspur or Chelsea.

Rice has been with West Ham for all of his adult playing career, though he began life as a Chelsea academy player.

He has amassed 238 appearances for the Hammers, scoring 14 goals and providing 13 assists (Transfermarkt).

The 24-year-old has developed into one of the best central midfielders in the Premier League, especially outside of the elite clubs at the top of the table.

He has also established himself as a permanent fixture in Gareth Southgate’s England side, and now has 41 caps and three goals for his country (Transfermarkt).

With West Ham struggling at the bottom end of the Premier League table this season, and Rice having just over a year left on his current contract, it has been suggested that the time may have come for him to move on.

According to Football.London, both Chelsea and Arsenal are looking at making a play for the Hammers captain.

Recently, Jamie Redknapp urged Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy to try to sign Rice, too (Sky Sports, Sunday 30/04/23).

In an appearance on talkSPORT Breakfast (04/05/23 at 7:20 am) about the young midfielders who could be on the move, Brazil turned his attention to Rice and suggested Jurgen Klopp’s side would be the right way to go.

He said: “The other guy we spoke about. The two bright young stars, apart from Jude (Bellingham), was Declan Rice.

“It just seems to be that Declan is a perfect fit for Liverpool.

“I can’t see Tottenham and I can’t see Chelsea now, surely.”

Spurs Web Opinion

I would love to see Declan Rice at Tottenham, but he is very likely going to choose to join a club that is playing at the highest level.

Liverpool or Manchester United would be my bet for where he ends up.

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