REAL MADRID are set to go to war with Manchester United over West Ham star Declan Rice.
That is according to former Hammers ace Scott Minto, who claims the Spanish giants are "speaking to his family" about a sensational Bernabeu move.
Talking after West Ham's 2-1 defeat at Manchester United, Minto, 47, told Stadium Astro: "It was a big decision to leave Republic of Ireland and move to England. But he was clearly told that he has a massive future.
"I’m hearing that even Real Madrid are knocking on the door and speaking to his family.
"That’s what I’m hearing."
When pressed on his sources, Minto said: "I’m not going to say.
"But it’s a reliable source."
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SunSport told you last month that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is on a mission to capture £40million-rated England midfielder Rice, 20, as well as Jadon Sancho and Aaron Wan-Bissaka.
Minto reckons the likes of United and Real Madrid will be readying a summer bid.
He said: "West Ham I’m sure know about the potential he has.
"Man United will be knocking on the door.
"The big boys of the Premier League and world football will be saying this is a young lad at a club that could sell for the right price.
"He could become one of the stars in that particular position."
Rice feared he would be sent out on loan this season after being hauled off at half-time of West Ham's 4-0 loss at Liverpool on the opening day.
But boss Manuel Pellegrini said: "I never expected that Declan was going to go on loan at the beginning of the season.
"I don’t why he thought that as he had no options to go on loan.
"Maybe he was disappointed because he played the first game, we lost, but I spoke with him the same day and told him he was going to be an important player this season.
"Maybe it is a surprise for him, because last season he played not too many games, then starting this season losing and being out of the team for the next game.
"Maybe he thought that. I never had any doubt about that."
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