West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini has outlined that he “cannot know the future” as speculation continues to stir as to whether or not star midfielder Declan Rice will be with the club next season.
Rice has been one of West Ham’s standout performers this season making 34 appearances and recieving a nomination for the PFA Young Player of the Year as the Hammers ended the campaign strongly to finish in 10th position.
The 20-year old also won West Ham’s Player and Young Player of the year in what has been a true breakthrough season for the English international.
Rice’s performances though, have reportedly caught the eye of some of Europe’s biggest clubs including the likes of Manchester United and Manchester City, with Pep Guardiola a known admirer of the midfielder’s talents.
West Ham will no doubt be keen to keep Rice over the summer as they continue to build, but manager Manuel Pellegrini admitted that the midfielder’s future at the club is still uncertain outlining that he “cannot know the future.”
“It’s impossible, I cannot know the future,” Pellegrini told reporters. “He is, of course, a player who has had a brilliant season, who is 20 years old and an English player who has a lot of qualities.
“Maybe some of the big teams, or all of them, will want him. But that is one thing – the other is whether he will stay here or he goes, and I cannot say at this moment.”
Rice had garnered a lot of attention over the past year after becoming embroiled in an international tug of war between England and Ireland for his services.
The midfielder eventually decided to continue his international career with the Three Lions despite already making three appearances for Ireland during the summer.
With the season now over, the 20-year old’s focus will turn to the Nations League semi-finals where England will take on Netherlands, and Rice will be hoping to be in contention for the clash on June 6th.