Declan Rice has been told that he needs to forget a move to Manchester United in favour of their rivals Man City.

The West Ham midfielder has been a long term target for United, who are wanting to strengthen their central positions this summer. It looked like a move for Rice was dead in the water when David Moyes placed a £100m price tag on the England international.

However, reports have suggested that the 23-year-old has rejected three contracts at the London club and would be open to a move away in pre-season. But according to former City and Liverpool goalkeeper David James, Rice should not be considering a move to United if Pep Guardiola’s team offer him a deal.

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Speaking to Genting Casino, James said: “The West Ham fan in me wants Declan Rice to stay there forever, we want to see scenes like Mark Noble leaving West Ham at the London Stadium. There’s talk about Manchester United, but the way Declan Rice plays, he could play Fernandinho’s role at Man City.

“If he had a choice of Man City or Man United, it’s a no-brainer, you go to Man City. He’s a fantastic player, he’s young, it looks like he wants to learn, he’s a regular England international, he ticks all the boxes for a team challenging for titles as opposed to one challenging for Europa League spots.”

Fernandinho played his last match for City at the weekend in their 3-2 victory against Aston Villa which secured them the Premier League title. The 37-year-old Brazilian is set to leave the club when his contract expires.

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