Pearce reckons the lure of short-term glory at one of England's big-spending elite is not the only factor to consider in your career.
He said: “Put it this way, I'm probably testament to that. I played my football where I enjoyed playing football and turned money down to stay where I was happy.
“My biggest driver was probably playing for the national team. I get the same impression now with Dec — he is intensely proud of representing England.
“He'll make his own decisions but we are lucky at West Ham to have a current captain called Mark Noble who has been here for a number of years and has shown great loyalty to the club.
"I like to think Dec will be at West Ham for years to come, leading the club on to success."
Pearce added: “I don't think it was in doubt that our football club wouldn't sell him.
“He's a fantastic young prospect at the club and is integral to everything David Moyes wants to achieve here.
“His value can only go up, it can't go down."