Declan Rice has launched an obvious as well as unexpected wink at Real Madrid. The West Ham star is aiming to leave next summer leaving a record transfer fee for his club and at the top of the list of most expensive transfers in history. It doesn’t seem that the white club is in the pool for taking him away, although the player has just opened a door to being able to play in the future at the Santiago Bernabéu.
In the run-up to his Europa League tie against Sevilla, he gave an interview to BT Sports, in which he acknowledged his love for the current leader of the League: “My favorite kit of all time is the 2004 Real Madrid home jersey with Beckham’s name on the back. I remember having as a child, he lived with her. Obviously, I also really like Madrid. The white kit really stands out.”
This declaration of intent is, for the moment, far from the idea of the Real Madrid board. Looking ahead to this summer, the intention is for Mbappé to arrive and the possibility of Haalandif a series of requirements are met, such as the existence of a guarantee that he is not an injury-prone footballer. There are also men for midfield like Tchouameni, although the Frenchman’s price is considerably lower than Rice’s.
As reported by the English press, its price could be around 150 million euros. The talented midfielder is only 23 years old, he has taken his team to another dimension and is already an indisputable for Southgate with England. For the moment, despite his message to Madrid, his intention is to continue in his native country and in the competition that has led him to stardom. It’s not just rumours, it’s his own testimony.
In an interview with The Overlap he linked his future to England: “I think the main thing for me, and I’ve always said it, is that I don’t want to have a career where I haven’t won anything. I grew up as a kid and saw all these great players win the big trophies, like you (Neville, the interviewer), who won the Premier League so many times and the Champions League. As a football fan, and also as a player, I want to win the best. I want to win the Premier League, I want to lift that trophy“.
In case the statement may be ambiguous, it is reaffirmed, mentioning two other titles that can only be won on the islands: “I also want to win the Champions League. I want to win the FA Cup and the League Cup, even things with England.. I want to win it all. As a footballer, if you don’t have that ambition, I don’t know why you play. It’s the best moments of your life when you win those kind of trophies. I want to have those experiences of winning trophies and being the best I can be.”
A million dollar bid
But, how many teams are willing to enter that price close to 150 million euros? As impossible as it may seem, there are several applicants. One of them was Chelseabut the sanction against Abramovich and the institutional crisis that the club is experiencing for that reason make the operation difficult in the short term. A message of hope for Unitedthat has him on the radar to finally make his midfield fearsome. The Town seemed to be moving away due to the need for a striker and the addition of Grealish. The fact that the operation was not done last summer makes it very easy for them to join the bidding. The Liverpool doesn’t seem to be a wannabe. At least for now.