Football: Declan Rice leaves West Ham for British record transfer fee of £105 million

Football: Declan Rice leaves West Ham for British record transfer fee of £105 million


West Ham United have announced an agreement has been reached for Declan Rice to leave the club for a British record transfer fee, eclipsing the £100m Manchester City paid for Jack Grealish in 2021.

Rice, who has been heavily linked all summer with a move to Arsenal, has posted a tribute to West Ham and their fans on his Instagram channel.

“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,” Rice wrote.

“I’ve had some unbelievable highs, none higher than that night in Prague. I’ve also grown as lot as a person, a player and as a captain.

“From the very first moment I captained the side, under the guidance of Nobes, I have felt nothing other than pride and passion. As a captain, delivering that European trophy was the icing on the cake.

“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.”

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