Jack Wilshere raved about his former West Ham teammate Declan Rice when speaking to Sky Sports News this morning (October 28th, 8:30 am).

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The 28-year-old midfielder left the Hammers earlier this month having spent two seasons at the London Stadium.

He clearly had no future under David Moyes, so his contract was terminated by mutual consent. And Wilshere is now a free agent in search of a new club.

The former Arsenal man’s spell at West Ham was very much forgettable. Unfortunately for him, his time in east London was ruined by injuries.

The 28-year-old left the Hammers in awe of one player in particular, however – Declan Rice.

 

Wilshere told Sky Sports News:

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Jack Wilshire and Declan Rice (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

“I have said it before how much I rate him as a player and how much I enjoyed playing with and training with him and being around him. It is very important for West Ham that they kept him there this year. There is always going to be the big teams that come to try and take Declan Rice. That’s something that West Ham are going to deal with. But they have got him this year.”

Considering how many good players Wilshere has played with, his praise of Rice should not be taken lightly.

And it will undoubtedly be a confidence boost for the 21-year-old West Ham starlet. The defensive midfielder is arguably the Hammers’ most important player and he is also our most natural leader in the absence of Mark Noble.

If we are to make any real kind of progress as a football club over the next few years, it will be absolutely vital for us to keep hold of Rice.

And Wilshere’s comments today add credence to that notion.

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