Think of it this way. West Ham United star Declan Rice does a Dmitri Payet, and joins London rivals, Chelsea this summer despite the pleas from the locals to snub the advances.
That will be it. The highest magnitude of treachery. Talk about betrayal, and that one will markedly stand out. But bad boy Paul to the rescue. If there’s one fan out there who Rice would heed to, it’s definitely Big Triple H. And what a strong, sensitive message it is!
In a Twitter video which has gone viral in the last few hours, the WWE legend has used the relaunch of NXT UK to urge the talented midfielder to rather stay on at the London Stadium.
— NXT UK (@NXTUK) September 2, 2020
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“It’s a new season, a new time, a new launching point for us, NXT UK on BT Sport.
“But for many others as well, including West Ham. So I have a message for one Declan Rice. Declan, you’ve got big decisions ahead of you and I understand that.
“Far be it from me to tell you what to do, but I’d like to give you a point of view that sometimes in life there are more important things. There’s an opportunity to something more. To be a hero.
“To be a hero to fans that have supported you. To be a hero to people that have watched you come up through a system, and succeed in that system. To be a hero and build something on your own. To not just to succeed, but to succeed on your
“Build your franchise. Build your legacy. To become something more, to become the one and only, to become the first Declan Rice. Build your legacy, build your franchise. Stay with the people that brought you to the dance.
“Stay with West Ham, and become the hero, become the champion. Become everything that they all know that Declan Rice can be.”
Unequivocal. Couldn’t be starker. There’s nothing left to add. The 14-time world champion was spot on, so I wouldn’t want to bore. As we blink back the tears, (I’m pretty emotional typing this now) the question should be: Is this too much to ask for, Deccers? Sources say any potential deal will see the Hammers rake in no less than £80million, while the 21-year-old is more than sure to triple his current weekly measly pay packet of £3,000. But what’s money when there’s loyalty at stake? I have to go now, lest my eyes runneth over ruminating on this.