Premier League: Declan Rice, Guardiola’s most expensive setback

Declan Rice


Declan Rice is one of those players that money can’t buy. Manchester City’s Spanish coach Pep Guardiola learned this the hard way. After all, he wanted to sign him to enrich his already enormous squad. But the player with a clear vision of his future project referred Pep’s pupil, Mikel Arteta.

Declan Rice has shown Pep Guardiola that money does not guide his choices. That’s what we can learn from the Spanish coach’s press conference speech on the subject. And if he did, it’s because the England international is one of the Premier League’s most in-form players, and has already won the England captaincy after turning down the Manchester City shirt last summer.

Indeed, the setback that shook Manchester City’s Spanish coach Pep Guardiola was the failure to sign Declan Rice, the English midfielder who played for West Ham United. Rice turned down City’s offer and opted for Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal project: “It sometimes happens that many players we want decide not to join us. This isn’t the first player we’ve wanted who didn’t want to sign. We have a long list,” admitted Guardiola.

He then added: “He didn’t want to come for all the money in the world or for anything, so it didn’t happen. He’s made his decision, a good one, and we wish him well.Any Premier League team would have signed Declan Rice.He’s the captain of the England team and a young player who regularly plays a lot of games.That’s why Arsenal pushed so hard to sign him,” he explains.

In the end, it was the Arsenal Gunners who finalized the signing of Declan Rice from West Ham for just over 100 million euros.What’s more, the England international has adapted well to Mikel Artera’s team, system, training and philosophy, as evidenced by the 39 games he has already played for the London club and the six goals and seven assists he has already contributed to the Gunners.The Gunners are now in a position to challenge Liverpool and Manchester City for the Premier League title.

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