Odds of Declan Rice switching to a Premier League team have dropped after fans noticed a ‘sanctuary’ for the club in the West Ham United star’s house.
Rice has had an excellent season at West Ham and is improving his reputation as one of the best central midfielders and it is no surprise that he has been linked with several big clubs.
Although there is no chance that the 22-year-old will have to leave London Stadium in the near future, especially as David Moyes’ team is still fighting for a Champions League place, he is expected to leave in the future.
Rice posted a video of himself playing pool on Instagram, and people noticed that his house appeared to have a large number of City jerseys as a ‘sanctuary’ for the club.
Ladbrokes have now lowered the odds of Rice moving from east London to east Manchester from 6/1 to 4/1, though they are still only third favorites.
Both Chelsea and United are still keen to sign the former Blues academy player, with Thomas Tuchel’s team 11/8 and Ralf Rangnick’s team 2/1.
“Man City hardly need winter reinforcements, but they are stuck in the race for Rice’s signature if the latest odds are anything to go by,” said Ladbrokes’ Alex Apati.
“And the West Ham midfielder’s latest Instagram post suggests he might just have a soft spot for the blue half of Manchester.”
City certainly do not need Rice at the moment, Pep Guardiola’s team are so big favorites to win the league in the minds of many people that a bookmaker has already paid for the reigning champions defending their title.
Before the weekend, they are eight points ahead of Chelsea in second place and another point ahead of Liverpool, who have a game in hand.
Their closest challengers are to meet each other on Sunday, and a draw between the two would only advance City’s chances of winning the league.