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Arsenal announce signing of midfielder Declan Rice, most expensive Englishman in history

Arsenal announce signing of midfielder Declan Rice, most expensive Englishman in history

O Arsenal continues to strengthen for the next season. The Gunners announced the signing of defensive midfielder Declan Rice on Saturday. The player, who arrives from West Ham, became the most expensive Englishman in history and signed until June 2028, with an option to renew for another season.

According to information from the English press, Arsenal paid 105 million pounds (R$ 660 million in current quotations) to West Ham to have the midfielder, which was an old desire of coach Mikel Arteta. The club’s third signing for the 2023/24 season, Rice will wear the number 41 shirt.

So far, Arsenal have signed three players to bolster their squad. In addition to Rice, the team also brought attacking midfielder Kai Havertz, from Chelseaand defender Jurrien Timber, from Ajax.

Before being announced by Arsenal, Rice said goodbye to West Ham on his social media. The midfielder said that the club has always been part of his life, both on and off the pitch, and thanked the fans for all their support during the period he was there.

“From the first moment I captained West Ham, under the guidance of (former club captain) Noble, I felt nothing but pride and passion. As captain, handing over that European (Conference League) trophy was the icing on the cake cake,” wrote the Englishman.

Declan Rice made 245 appearances for West Ham, scoring 15 goals and distributing 12 assists. In addition to being elected the best player on the team in 2020, 2022 and 2023, the midfielder was an essential part of the club in winning the Conference League, in which the Hammers beat Fiorentina, from Italy, by 2-1.

For the England national team, the player has already made 43 appearances and was present in the squad for both Euro 2020 and for the world Cup from Qatar in 2022.

Source: Gazetaesportiva

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