Published: Tue, January 15, 2019
Sport | By Patty Hardy

Unai Emery: Mesut Ozil is not for sale

Unai Emery: Mesut Ozil is not for sale

Saturday was a day to savour for new West Ham hero, Declan Rice.

Scoring his first senior goal for West Ham United in their 1-0 defeat of Arsenal yesterday afternoon, the former Irish manager described the frustration he felt that such uncertainty still surrounds Rice's global future.

The midfielder, who turns 20 on Monday and remains in the middle of a tug of war between England and the Republic of Ireland for his global services, grabbed his first career goal on his 55th appearance for the Hammers.

Speaking on Goals on Sunday, Antonio revealed that he had discussed the decision with Rice.

"I think he's doing the right thing by taking his time and thinking about his situation". Obviously, he has played through the younger ranks, so he has got that bit of loyalty to them.

"But then when England come knocking it's hard to ignore".

Howe said: "In my opinion, and it's just my opinion, I wouldn't sell at any price - but I'm the manager, trying to create the best team that I can".

The player's brother and agent revealed earlier this month that a lucrative offer had been made for the 29-year-old, although West Ham quickly reacted to state that the player was not for sale.

"I also think the rules should say you can not change your allegiance if you play U-21, that should be the end of it".

"Do you know who he reminds me of?"

"I knew that I would have a club, but maybe not in the Premier League".

"We need to take more confidence, better performances collectively, being competitive away to change this moment".

"But I believe that it doesn't matter who he picks". "It's an issue that the club must see what is the best for him, for the player, for the club, for everyone". He reminds me of Kante, Makelele, those type of players.

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