Manchester United's Rio Ferdinand came through the ranks at West Ham before earning what was a record transfer for a defender when he moved from the club to Leeds United in an £18 Million transfer, he later moved on to Old Trafford for £30 Million. Under Alex Ferguson Fredinand became a top player, with some suggesting he was the best player in his position in all of Europe.
Since retiring Ferdinand has carved out a successful media career and is never short of giving advice to anyone who wants to listen, he has had to overcome personal tragedy during the journey and is to be recommended for how he has coped with life's travails. However, when it comes to loyalty his colours are truly nailed to the mast, and those colours are blatantly Red and White, not Claret & Blue!
Having backed the failed PAI(N) bid to take over West Ham, Ferdinand has reverted to type by constantly insisting that Declan Rice should move to Old Trafford if he wants his career to progress. As can be imagined, his stance has gone down like a lead balloon with Hammers fans who see his constant sniping as offensive and ungrateful.
So it comes as somewhat of a surprise that another ex-Hammer, Jack Wilshere, has advised Declan Rice NOT to leave the club in the foreseeable future. Wilshere will be remembered as the 'player who never was' at West Ham, some of his parting comments were disrespectful and inaccurate, but his comments about Rice's future are right on the button.
“I’ve always said - and I’ve said this to Dec too - why would he leave West Ham now?” he told talkSPORT . “He’s the captain, he’s the main man, and he’s playing week-in week-out in the Premier League. They are going in a good direction. There will probably come a time when he will want to leave and win a Title and play in the Champions League, maybe West Ham will play in the Champions League, but I don’t think they’ll win the title. But, for now, he’s doing well, and he’s playing week-in week-out.”
Conflicting advice from two ex-England Internationals who both wore the Claret & Blue, both players owe the club in different ways, but only one is constantly seeking to disrupt the club. That player is NOT Jack Wilshere! - Ed