David Moyes has sent a clear message to the West Ham owners over his ambitions after the big Declan Rice interview.
When West Ham fans heard Rice was going to be interviewed for Gary Neville’s The Overlap, they feared it would only serve to add to the incessant stream of stories linking their star man with a move away.
That was always going to be the case when Rice stated he wanted to be winning all the top trophies.
But it could end up having a positive impact on West Ham too as it forces the club’s owners to show some much-needed ambition.
The arrival of Czech billionaire Daniel Kretinsky as the club’s second biggest stakeholder in a £150m deal back in November has been seen as a major positive by West Ham fans.
But a hugely disappointing January transfer window has dampened the excitement surrounding Kretinsky’s arrival somewhat.
It would be harsh to judge him so soon, though, particularly after a January window where West Ham were one of nine clubs not to do any business.
But supporters do fear the lack of ambition shown last month – with so much to play for in the second half of the season – could see the likes of Rice seek pastures new.
Rice’s interview and comments were one of the first things Moyes was asked about in his pre-match press conference ahead of the Leicester game.