The odds on Declan Rice moving to one Premier League team have dropped, after fans noticed a ‘shrine’ to the club in the West Ham United star’s house.
Rice is having an excellent season at West Ham, improving his reputation as one of the best central midfielders around, and it’s no surprise he’s been linked with several big clubs.
Whilst there’s no chance of the 22-year-old leaving the London Stadium any time soon, especially with David Moyes’ side still battling for a Champions League spot, he is expected to leave in the future.
Chelsea and Manchester United have been consistently linked with the England midfielder but now the odds on him moving to Manchester City have dropped.
Rice posted a video of himself playing pool on Instagram and people noticed that his house seemed to have a large number of City shirts as a ‘shrine’ to the club.
Ladbrokes have now dropped the odds of Rice moving from east London to east Manchester from 6/1 to 4/1, although they’re still only third favourites.
Both Chelsea and United are still better fancied to sign the former Blues academy player, with Thomas Tuchel’s side 11/8 and Ralf Rangnick’s team 2/1.
“Man City hardly need winter reinforcements but they’re firmly in the race for Rice’s signature if the latest odds are anything to go by,” Ladbrokes’ Alex Apati said.
“And the West Ham midfielder’s recent Instagram post suggests he might just have a soft spot for the blue half of Manchester.”
City certainly don’t need Rice at the moment, Pep Guardiola’s side are such big favourites to win the league in many people’s minds that one bookies have already paid out on the reigning champions defending their title.
Ahead of the weekend, they are eight points clear of second place Chelsea and a further point ahead of Liverpool, who have a game in hand.
Their closest challengers are due to face each other on Sunday and a draw between the two would just further City’s chances of winning the league.