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David Moyes speaks out on Declan Rice’s return to West Ham

David Moyes speaks out on Declan Rice’s return to West Ham

David Moyes expressed that when Arsenal visits West Ham on Wednesday night, Declan Rice ought to be embraced and welcomed back warmly.

Arsenal will face West Ham at the London Stadium in the Carabao Cup round of 16, promising an exciting encounter between the two Premier League teams.

This match marks Declan Rice’s return to his childhood club after moving from East to North London in a record-breaking transfer worth £105 million during the summer.


Due to Thomas Partey’s injury, Mikel Arteta has confirmed that the English international will have some involvement in the game.

However, it remains uncertain whether he’ll be included in the starting lineup, particularly considering the challenging league fixture against Newcastle on Saturday.

In any case, the Arsenal manager says that the reunion will be ‘beautiful’, and Moyes echoes these sentiments, even though he hopes that the defensive midfielder won’t actually step onto the pitch.

“I hope we’ll see Declan back,” the Irons manager said in his pre-match press conference on Tuesday.

“This is the man who lifted the first European trophy in 50 years at West Ham. He should be welcomed back with open arms.

“He was a brilliant member of the team and conducted himself impeccably as a West Ham captain. I’m really looking forward to seeing him, I’ve not seen him since he left.

“I’m not sure I want him to play! But I hope he is there.”

Since his debut in 2017, Rice went on to make 245 appearances for West Ham, solidifying his status as one of the premier players in his position worldwide during that period.

In his last year at the London Stadium, he was appointed as the club captain, guiding the team to clinch the Europa Conference League title.

Despite his departure appearing inevitable for quite some time, there’s only admiration for the amicable manner in which it unfolded.

“The way Dec conducted himself, he was involved with the supporters, he was always seen helping the club out,” Moyes added.

“And the most important thing was he gave 100% in every game even though we all sort of know he wasn’t staying at West Ham. For that alone he deserves to be cheered.”

David Moyes speaks out on Declan Rice’s return to West Ham

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