Declan Rice wants 'three assurances' from Man City in order to snub Arsenal move
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Declan Rice would like some assurances from Manchester City if he is to choose the Etihad over the Emirates this summer, according to reports.
Last night, Sky Sports journalist Gianluca Di Marzio broke the news that Rice had got closer to a move to City and that there was a "confidence to reach a final agreement with West Ham".
However, should Rice make the switch from London to Manchester, the England international is keen to agree on three particular circumstances before putting pen to paper.
According to the Daily Star, Rice wants a guarantee that Guardiola will stay as manager of the team, with the Spaniard's current contract due to expire in 2025.
He is also said to want a long-term role in the side and would like to play a key part from the get-go.
Indeed, Grealish could be pivotal in convincing his compatriot to join City after establishing himself as one of Guardiola's most trusted players last season.
Meanwhile, the same report states that Arteta believes Rice could become the future captain of Arsenal if he signed for the north London club.
The Gunners are widely expected to return with an improved offer for Rice, but whether they are able to match the financial juggernaut that is Manchester City remains to be seen.
Before going on international duty with England, Rice had said of his future: "There’s interest from other clubs, that’s out there, but ultimately I’ve still got two more years at West Ham.
"I love this club, I love playing for this club. There hasn’t been nothing yet, so my focus is on playing for West Ham, enjoying tonight and seeing what happens.
"I’m captain of this club, I absolutely love it to pieces and cannot speak highly enough of this place so let’s just see what happens. Let’s just wait and see."
Ultimately, it could come down to Rice's personal preference, leaving both clubs' trying every trick in the book to persuade the player to join them.