Dimitar Berbatov has absolutely raved about West Ham United ace Declan Rice, suggesting that he greatly admires the 23-year-old.

Rice has been in absolutely sensational form for the Hammers this season.

In fact, he has been a level above everyone else at the London Stadium for the past three years or so.

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David Moyes deserves a lot of credit, that’s for sure. Rice has reached an entirely new level this season and it could be argued that he is now the very best defensive midfielder in Europe.

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He’s certainly in the top five.

The 27-capped England international is absolutely vital to West Ham. If we are to finish inside the top four this season and make genuine progress after that as a football club, keeping him at the London Stadium will be a necessity.

As long as the board back Moyes in the transfer market this month and in the summer, there is no reason why we can’t do just that.

Dimitar Berbatov blown away by West Ham ace

The Bulgarian knows a thing or two about top-class players.

He played for Bayer Leverkusen, Tottenham and Manchester United and won two Premier League titles during his glittering career in the game.

So anything he says must be taken seriously.

Dimitar Berbatov raved about West Ham ace Declan Rice when speaking to The Metro:

Dimitar Berbatov is a huge fan of West Ham United ace Declan Rice
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“Declan Rice is so good, he’s a player that I greatly admire and he is so key for them.”

Rice is so important to West Ham and if we are to achieve success this season, he will need to maintain his incredible levels between now and May.

Those involved with the Hammers have known how good Dec is for years. It’s only now that people outside the London Stadium are starting to catch on.

It’s great to see the 23-year-old getting the praise that he so rightly deserves.

Rice is the best player I have ever seen in a West Ham shirt. Granted, I never saw the likes of Alan Devonshire, Trevor Brooking and Geoff Hurst in action.

But Dec certainly has something special about him.

All we can hope for is that the club matches his ambition and he remains at the London Stadium for the rest of his career.

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