West Ham academy guru Tony Carr fears Declan Rice could join Chelsea for big offer but pleads with star to snub transfer

WEST HAM academy legend Tony Carr has pleaded with Declan Rice to stay at the Hammers but fears a big offer from elsewhere could sway him.

The England ace has been heavily linked with a return to Chelsea – who released him when he was 14 – but his former mentor has implored him to stay in East London.


Ex-academy director Carr oversaw the development of West Ham's golden generation of Rio Ferdinand, Frank Lampard, Joe Cole and Michael Carrick and was still at the club when they signed Rice, 21, in 2014.

The 69-year-old left the Hammers in 2016 after 43 years of service but told the We Are West Ham podcast he hopes to see his last superstar graduate repay the faith the East Londoners have shown in him for at least another season.

Asked about Rice's future, Carr said: "I’m a little bit concerned. I hope he stays with West Ham I really do.

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"He’s developing into a top player. His goal the other night against Watford – terrific.

"You could see the look on his face, the pleasure it gave him. And the hug he gave to David Moyes on the touchline when the goal went in sends great signs and signals he’s happy there and wants to stay.

“Unfortunately, sometimes agents get involved – I’m not saying this is Declan’s agent – but if someone says ‘we’re going to double your money if you come to us’, it’s hard to turn down and let loyalty be the deciding factor.

"I hope it doesn’t come to that. I hope he just comes out and says ‘I’m happy to stay at West Ham, I’m still developing as a player, they’ve brought me from obscurity, released from Chelsea, and now into the England team’."

Rice signed a new deal worth around £30,000-a-week at the London Stadium in December 2018 but the club are under huge pressure to increase his wage significantly again this summer.  

Carr added: “My message to Dec is this: ‘Stay where you are pal. You’re young enough and there’s still plenty of time to go to the big guns. Just keep establishing yourself by being a regular in the team.

"You’re in the England team because you're in West Ham's first team, you don’t need to go anywhere else.'

“He’s now an integral part of that West Ham team and in some respects he’s taking up Mark Noble's mantle. If he stays, over time he’s going to be a future captain I’m sure."

If Chelsea do land Rice, he could lineup alongside Atletico keeper Jan Oblak and Bayer Leverkusen's Kai Havertz who are also said to be Blues targets.

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One of our guests this week on the podcast was West Ham legend, Tony Carr. As a player Carr was a graduate of West Ham’s academy before injury cut his career short in 1972 and in 1973 Carr was appointed as the Director of Youth Development at his boyhood club and he remained in this role until 2014. After he retired as the Director of Youth Development, Carr took up an ambassadorial role, serving the club for a total of 43 years. During his time as Director of Youth Development he brought through 4 future England captains in Paul Ince, Rio Ferdinand, Frank Lampard and John Terry. He earned the club in excess of £80 million in player sales and of the 23 man England squad that went to the 2010 World Cup he had coached 7 of them, Rio Ferdinand, John Terry, Frank Lampard, Joe Cole, Jermaine Defoe, Michael Carrick and Glenn Johnson. The list of graduates goes on and includes current West Ham captain Mark Noble as well as Declan Rice and Tony Cottee. Other notable graduates who came through the ranks under him are, Jimmy Bullard, Matt Holland, Paul Allen, James Tomkins, Alan Dickens, Leon Britton and current Irish international Josh Cullen.

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One of our guests this week on the podcast was West Ham legend, Tony Carr. As a player Carr was a graduate of West Ham’s academy before injury cut his career short in 1972 and in 1973 Carr was appointed as the Director of Youth Development at his boyhood club and he remained in this role until 2014. After he retired as the Director of Youth Development, Carr took up an ambassadorial role, serving the club for a total of 43 years. During his time as Director of Youth Development he brought through 4 future England captains in Paul Ince, Rio Ferdinand, Frank Lampard and John Terry. He earned the club in excess of £80 million in player sales and of the 23 man England squad that went to the 2010 World Cup he had coached 7 of them, Rio Ferdinand, John Terry, Frank Lampard, Joe Cole, Jermaine Defoe, Michael Carrick and Glenn Johnson. The list of graduates goes on and includes current West Ham captain Mark Noble as well as Declan Rice and Tony Cottee. Other notable graduates who came through the ranks under him are, Jimmy Bullard, Matt Holland, Paul Allen, James Tomkins, Alan Dickens, Leon Britton and current Irish international Josh Cullen.

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