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Declan Rice in emotional West Ham goodbye as Arsenal lead Bayern in transfer race

Declan Rice

West Ham United captain Declan Rice was emotional as his side defeated Fiorentina 2-1 in the final of the UEFA Europa Conference League

West Ham United captain Declan Rice appeared emotional as David Moyes’ side won the UEFA Europa Conference League.

The Hammers defeated Fiorentina 2-1 in Wednesday’s final thanks to goals from Said Benrahma and a last-gasp Jarrod Bowen winner. It is the first time that the east Londoners’ have lifted a trophy in over 40 years and it could very well be the final time Rice dons the claret and blue shirt, a fitting send-off if he is to leave this summer.

Writing on Twitter alongside a photo of Rice, transfer guru Fabrizio Romano said: “Fantastic night for West Ham fans… and for Declan Rice who captains his team to European trophy. (Star emoji)

“#WHUFC It’s probably the best final step possible for Declan, fantastic years at the club… now ready to make his move. Arsenal is ahead of Bayern. But tonight, time to enjoy. (Trophy emoji).”

Moyes has stated that it would take an English record transfer fee to secure Rice, while the Gunners are hopeful of securing him for less than that.