Read Up “David Moyes thanked Declan Rice after West Ham announced the captain’s departure this morning.” Rice made 245 appearances for the Hammers and in his final match, he helped the team win the Europa Conference League. Rice is due to be announced as an Arsenal player today.

And it makes sense that manager Moyes is unhappy to see him go.

“I’d like to personally thank Declan for everything he has done during his time at West Ham United,” the speaker stated.

“Obviously, saying goodbye to someone who has been a part of our lives for a long time is difficult, but we must now look ahead.

“History demonstrates that no player has ever been bigger than the team.

As we begin our third straight season in Europe, “our entire focus is now on building upon the success we enjoyed last season, adding to our talented Europa Conference League title-winning squad, and continuing to develop the best young talent through our successful academy.”

David Moyes Thanked Declan Rice After West Ham Announced The Captain's Departure This Morning
David Moyes Thanked Declan Rice After West Ham Announced The Captain’s Departure This Morning

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Declan Rice’s “tough” decision to leave West Ham was motivated by his desire to compete “at the very highest level.”

The Hammers confirmed the 24-year-old’s £105million transfer to Arsenal, making him the most expensive English player ever.

Rice became West Ham’s third captain to win a major title during last month’s Europa Conference League win over Fiorentina.

Arsenal may offer the England international Champions League football.

After “an absolute whirlwind of emotion” over the past two weeks, Rice wrote to fans to say farewell.

“I want you to know how difficult it has been for me to leave an environment that I have loved and cherished,” he stated.

I will always love this club and its fans.

My goal has always been to play at the highest level.

“Playing against West Ham for the first time will be strange.

I’m not sure how I’ll feel, but I know you’ll understand and accept that my professional allegiance now lay with my new team.