Declan Rice confirms West Ham exit with emotional statement and video

Declan Rice, the talented England star, has made a heartfelt farewell statement and shared a video on Instagram confirming his departure from West Ham.

Rice, who joined West Ham’s youth academy in 2014, amassed an impressive 245 appearances for the club.

He received the Hammer of the Year award three times during his tenure.

After assuming the captaincy following Mark Noble’s retirement in 2022, Rice played a crucial role in guiding West Ham to victory in the 2023 Europa Conference League final.

Given his consistent performances and status as a regular England international, Rice’s departure from West Ham has been a subject of speculation, with many anticipating a move to a larger club in Europe.

And despite interest from the likes of Chelsea, Manchester City and Bayern Munich, it is Arsenal who have won the race to secure his services.

The Gunners are yet to formally announce the arrival of the Englishman, butWest Ham have now confirmedRice’s exit.

“West Ham United can confirm that agreement has been reached for Declan Rice to leave the Club for a British record transfer fee,” the club said on its website.

Rice shares farewell message and video

Taking to Instagram, Rice shared a heartfelt video with his followers, looking back on his time at West Ham.

The video showcases Rice’s journey to becoming the Hammers’ captain and, of course, that memorable night in Prague back in June, where the England star helped West Ham win their first trophy since 1980.

“I can’t believe an incredible 10 years has come to an end. West Ham has been a massive part of my life on and off the pitch. Saying goodbye is never easy,” he said.

“I’ve had some unbelievable highs, none higher than that night in Prague. I’ve also grown as lot as a person, a player and as a captain.

“From the very first moment I captained the side, under the guidance of Nobes, I have felt nothing other than pride & passion. As a captain, delivering that European trophy was the icing on the cake.

“My connection with the fans means everything to me and my family. You have treated us like one of your own since the day I arrived. Thank you.

“Everyone knows how special West Ham is as a club that goes for all managers, coaches, back room staff and of course, my teammates.

“Thank you for some amazing memories and some of the best days of my life.

“Love you all. Love Dec.”

VIDEO: Declan Rice’s farewell video

Rice pens open letter to West Ham fans

Aside from his Instagram post, Rice alsopenned an open letterto Hammer’s supporters.

“You have taken me into your hearts as one of your own from day one,” he wrote.

“Even when it was just a handful of fans at the Under-18 or Under-23 games, I felt that love, and it has just grown stronger as the years have passed. Playing in front of you has been an honour, we have had such great times together, and you all mean so much to me.

“I want you to know how tough a decision it has been for me to leave an environment that I have loved and cherished so much. Ultimately, though, it has only ever been about my ambition to play at the very highest level of the game.”

VIDEO: West Ham share Declan Rice farewell video

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