Declan Rice admits West Ham team-mates "wind me up" over £150m transfer links

Declan Rice has conceded that his West Ham team-mates often ‘wind him up’ over his links away from the club.

The midfielder, 23, has been the subject of interest from Manchester United and Chelsea, the club he played for in their academy. And Rice has admitted that the constant speculation to both sides has some of his Hammers squad members making jokes at his expense.

He told Sky Sports: "I feel like playing well comes with speculation. I've had two or three top seasons with West Ham and the top clubs around the country are always going to be watching. It's not just me, it's the same for every player.

"I think it's important not to get too carried away with that. We've had a good season with West Ham and there have been big games I've had to play in so I feel like my focus has always been on that. If I thought about other things, I'd get carried away and that wouldn't be fair on the team or the manager.”

He continued: "I can't help speculation, even with the numbers that get talked about. I get battered for it all the time on social media, but I can't help that. I can help by going on the pitch and performing as best as I can.”

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Rice has been in the headlines over the last few months as speculation increases on the future of the England international. But West Ham boss David Moyes has regularly suggested that his star player is not for sale and that for clubs to stand any chance of his signature they must fork out north of £150million, a price that would make Rice the most expensive British player of all time.

“The first thing to say is that he is not for sale," Moyes said. "If you are interested, well, it will be north of that,” the Scottish manager told Sky Sports. One hundred (million pounds) was cheap last summer. One hundred and fifty just now would be minimum but he is not for sale. What I do know is that it means there are only certain clubs that could even consider it.”

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