Former West Ham winger Trevor Sinclair believes sanctions imposed on Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich could keep Declan Rice at the London Stadium.
The Blues have effectively been frozen after the UK government sanctioned Russian billionaire Abramovich over alleged links to Vladimir Putin amid the ongoing invasion of Ukraine.
Abramovich’s sale of Chelsea is now on hold and the club are currently unable to complete transfers, complete contracts or sell new tickets and merchandise.
The Blues, who can still compete, hope to agree a license that will allow them to operate more normally, while it is understood the government is open to allowing a sale that does not benefit Abramovich.
For now, however, the sanctions could have a direct impact on Rice’s future at West Ham.
The England midfielder has been heavily linked with a move to Chelsea this summer, having supported the club as a boy and played for its academy.
And Sinclair believes the Hammers captain, who is also being chased by Manchester United, could now stay at West Ham and wait another year before leaving.
Sinclair told talkSPORT: “Declan might be thinking, ‘Well, I don’t want to go anywhere else, so I might as well stay.’
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“He’s loved at the club, he’s captain of the club and he loves his football – so why wouldn’t he stay?
“If Chelsea settle their home, he could go there next summer instead, and that could be a blessing for West Ham fans.”