West Ham United star Declan Rice wants to ‘take himself to the next level’, his manager David Moyes has revealed.
Michail Antonio opened the scoring in the 22nd minute after pouncing on a shocking backpass from Kevin Theophile-Catherine before poking the ball past stranded goalkeeper Dominik Livakovic and rolling it into an empty net.
And England midfielder Rice doubled the lead five minutes into the second half, bursting through a challenge on the halfway line and surging forward before lashing a shot through Livakovic’s legs.
Following a strong run of form and a number of brilliant displays in a national shirt on the way to the Euro 2020 final, Rice has been linked with a move away from West Ham, with Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea all rumoured to be interested in him.
And speaking after their Europa League game, Moyes spoke about the West Ham captain’s ‘big future’.
“I think what he’s tried to do is take himself to the next level,” said Moyes. “He’s a terrific player and he’s getting better.
“He’s captain of West Ham, for the first time in Europe and he’s scored a goal which made the game a bit more comfortable.
“He’s still only 22, he’s a young boy with a big future. It’s one step at a time, but he’s doing really well for us.
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“The ability to surge away from people, his power and speed, is a great trait. He gets a bit of ribbing for not scoring enough goals so he’s beginning to stand up a bit now.”
Moyes previously insisted the club won’t be selling Rice and has insisted his future is with the club.
During an interview with talkSPORT, he said: “We’ve got some players that we value at £100m and we won’t be selling them.
“That’s the way it is, you’re not going to get rid of your better players, you don’t do it – and if you are then, it’s going to be for huge money.”