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Gary Neville insists Declan Rice 'must leave West Ham and join a Champions League club' to prove he can take the next step in his career

Gary Neville has insisted that Declan Rice needs to transfer to a Champions League club to take the next jump in his career.

The England midfielder has been heavily linked with a move away from West Ham, having been a standout player for them in their push for Europe last season, before further impressing on the international stage during Euro 2020.

Rice has enjoyed Europa League football with the Hammers so far this season, scoring twice in their Group H games against Dinamo Zagreb and Rapid Vienna.

The TV pundit claimed the 22-year-old could play at centre back for a top club
Rice was the subject of transfer speculation this summer amid rumoured interest from Premier League clubs

The 22-year-old has become a key player for the club, captaining the side in the absence of Mark Noble.