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Pellegrini gives United and Chelsea Rice hope

Manuel PelIegrini offered no assurances that West Ham will be able to hang on to rising England star Declan Rice this summer.

The Hammers signed off with a third consecutive win and a top 10 finish on the final day of the season after beating Watford 4-1 at Vicarage Road, but Rice – who signed a five-year contract earlier this year – will be a target for Europe’s richest vultures.

He has been linked with the likes of Manchester United and Chelsea recently, and his manager Pellegrini refused to ease Hammers fans’ worries about losing their young talent.

Pellegrini admitted: “It’s impossible, I cannot know the future. 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 in action against Watford
(Image: Arfa Griffiths)