Declan Rice put in awkward spot as West Ham stars join in chant during lively bus parade

West Ham captain Declan Rice was put in an awkward position on Thursday as he mulls over transfer interest from Arsenal, Manchester United and Bayern Munich. Hammers stars made it clear where they stand on the issue by directing a chant towards the England international during a raucous open-top bus parade to mark their Europa Conference League victory.

Rice got hold of his first career silverware on Wednesday evening as West Ham pipped Fiorentina to the Conference League title. Jarrod Bowen's late winner sealed the 2-1 result, sparking jubilant scenes in Prague which continued once the squad returned to east London.

With thousands upon thousands lining the streets, Rice and manager David Moyes were among those to lap up the reaction. An Instagram livestream posted by Emerson Palmieri also showed team-mates and fans playfully ganging up on their midfield leader with a chant about his possible transfer exit.

In unison, they sang: "One more year, one more year, Declan Rice. One more year, one more year, I pray. One more year, one more year, Declan Rice. Playing football the West Ham way."

Rice will surely have wanted to steer clear of talk around his future as top clubs from around Europe step up their interest. The 24-year-old is reportedly a top target for Bayern boss Thomas Tuchel and positive meetings were held in the lead-up to the Conference League final.

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta is also believed to be a big fan, and they are expected to have the edge over fellow suitors Man Utd if Rice opts to stay in the Premier League.

The Hammers are set to bank a hefty fee for their captain if he jumps ship this summer, despite the hopeful cries of his euphoric team-mates. It is thought that Rice may leave for £100m after graduating from West Ham's academy, and club chairman David Sullivan all but confirmed his imminent exit.

"We gave the promise last summer that if he gave us his all, we would let him leave the club," he told BBC Radio 5 Live. "It's a fair and proper thing to do."

As Hammers players took in the moment, match-winner Bowen gave a sense of how the reaction had been received among the squad.

"I've never seen anything like this," he told Sky Sports. "I'm still in a bit of shock about what happened. It probably hasn't sunk in yet. We wanted to win it for the fans and to celebrate with them today is top.

"I never thought I'd win a European trophy. I've never even won a trophy, so to win that last night was the biggest achievement of my career so far. We've got the best group of lads and the best lads."

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