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Declan Rice tipped to stay at West Ham as a result of Roman Abramovich sanctions as Trevor Sinclair describes Chelsea situation as ‘blessing in disguise’ for Hammers

Ex-West Ham winger Trevor Sinclair believes the sanctions imposed on Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich might keep Declan Rice at the London Stadium.

The Blues have effectively been frozen after the UK government sanctioned Russian billionaire Abramovich due to alleged links with Vladimir Putin amid the ongoing invasion of Ukraine.

Rice has emerged as one of the Premier League’s best midfielders

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Rice has emerged as one of the Premier League’s best midfielders

Abramovich’s sale of Chelsea is now on hold and the club are currently unable to make transfers, agree contracts, or sell new tickets and merchandise.

The Blues, who can still compete in competitions, are hoping to agree a license which allows them to operate more normally, while it is understood the government are open to allowing a sale which does not benefit Abramovich.

For the meantime, however, the sanctions could have a direct impact on Rice’s future at West Ham.

The England midfielder has been heavily linked with a move to Chelsea this summer, having supported the club as a boy and played for their academy.

And Sinclair believes the Hammers captain, also chased by Manchester United, could now stay at West Ham and wait another year before leaving.

Sinclair told talkSPORT: “Declan might think, ‘Well I don’t want to go anywhere else, so I might as well stay’.

Rice has had to fight his way up the footballer ladder having suffered rejection by Chelsea aged 14

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Rice has had to fight his way up the footballer ladder having suffered rejection by Chelsea aged 14


“He’s loved at the club, he’s captain of the club and he’s enjoying his football – so why wouldn’t he stay?

“If Chelsea sort their house out, he might go next summer instead, and that could be a blessing for West Ham fans.”



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