Declan Rice issues classy response to chants begging him to stay at West Ham amid Arsenal links
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Declan Rice has responded to chants begging him to stay at West Ham, amid rumours linking him with a move to the Emirates.
Rice capped off a wonderful first half against Bournemouth, lashing home a first-time shot to score his second goal in back-to-back matches.
On an afternoon of pure elation for supporters, plenty couldn't help themselves singing Rice's name in a chant begging him to extend his stay.
The 24-year-old has rejected multiple contract extensions to stay at the London Stadium, revealing his desire to play in the Champions League.
Arsenal has since emerged as his most likely destination, with Rice said to admire Mikel Arteta's playing style.
But in the midst of speculation, Rice is producing some of the best football he's played all season, and was keen to acknowledge the travelling support.
Rice responds to West Ham chants
West Ham fans could be heard singing "five more years, five more years, Declan Rice" as they pleaded with their star midfielder to stay at the club, adding on a year with every chorus.
The England international responded to fans on social media, tweeting: "West Ham fans today… no words for you all,” alongside a heart and clapping emojis.
Rice is reportedly Arteta's priority transfer target this summer, with the Gunners boss keen to strengthen his midfield in preparation for a busy European schedule next season.
Newcastle are also said to be interested in signing Rice. However, the fees involved are thought to make a deal "unrealistic" at this stage.
Wherever Rice ends up next season, the midfielder will be sorely missed in East London, where he has learnt to hone his craft and establish himself as one of the country's most complete midfielders.