The Captain of the Hammers has confirmed his departure with an emotional video
His signature for arsenal seems imminent
Well, and after much uncertainty, Declan Rice is no longer a West Ham footballer. After ten seasons in the “Hammers” jersey, the captain leaves the ship. The footballer himself and the club confirmed this in an emotional statement.
“West Ham United can confirm that an agreement has been reached whereby Declan Rice will leave the club for a record transfer fee in England.”reads the beginning of the Hammers statement, in which he confirms his departure and upcoming signing of Mikel Arteta for Arsenal.
Rice, a footballer loved like no other at the club, wanted to be the first to say goodbye to his fans with an emotional video that recounts his best moments with the team he grew up with. A very warm farewell. It will be necessary to see if Arsenal announce their signing as West Ham declined to reveal their next destination.
This is Declan Rice’s full farewell message:
“I can’t believe this incredible 10 years have come to an end. West Ham has been a big part of my life on and off the pitch. Saying goodbye is never easy.”
I’ve had some incredible moments, none bigger than that night in Prague. I’ve also grown a lot as a person, as a player and as a captain.
From the first moment I led the team under Noble’s leadership, I felt nothing but pride and passion. As captain, handing over the European Cup was the icing on the cake.
My connection to the fans means the world to me and my family. You’ve treated us like yours since I arrived. Thank you very much.
Everyone knows how special West Ham is as a club, especially to all the managers, coaches, backroom staff and of course my team-mates.
Thank you for some great memories and some of the best days of my life.
I love you all,