West Ham Fans Rally Behind Declan Rice as Europa Conference League Final Approaches

As a group of devoted West Ham fans embark on their journey from London to Prague via Manchester for the Europa Conference League final, they’ve adopted a heartfelt anthem to sing along the way: “One more year, one more year, Declan Rice.” The chant is expected to reverberate throughout Prague’s Eden Arena on Wednesday when West Ham goes head-to-head with Serie A‘s Fiorentina, a match that could clinch the Hammers’ first major trophy since 1980.

Nonetheless, the fans are acutely aware that their plea for Rice to stay with the club may fall on deaf ears. Regardless of the outcome, the final is widely anticipated to be Rice’s farewell performance for West Ham.

Having joined the Hammers at 14 after being turned away from Chelsea, Rice has since made 245 appearances for the team, including the upcoming final. The accomplished midfielder has earned three club player of the year awards and even captained the squad for a season. Currently, Rice is poised to entertain a myriad of offers from leading clubs around the globe.

A victory in the European final could cement Rice’s status in West Ham’s illustrious history, placing him alongside legendary World Cup winner Bobby Moore and stalwart defender Billy Bonds— the only two Hammers to have ever guided the club to a final triumph. Rice acknowledges the gravity of this potential accomplishment, telling the West Ham website, “It would be my biggest achievement in football so far, 100%.”

He went on to say, “It would just mean everything, to lift that trophy, especially to be with the lads, wanting to see them smiling again and lift the trophy, to see our families afterward with the trophy.” Rice is keenly aware of the enduring legacy a victory would forge for everyone associated with the club, stating, “It’s in our hands. It’s a chance to go and create a legacy where every single player, the manager, everyone involved will be remembered forever.”


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