Patrice Evra absolutely raved about West Ham ace Declan Rice, when speaking on Sky Sports’ production of today’s game (Sunday November 22nd, 13:34).

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The 21-year-old has been absolutely brilliant for the Hammers over the past two seasons or so. He has undoubtedly been our most consistent performer.

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The England international’s drive, determination and ability to break up the opposition’s play through the middle of the park has been a key factor behind our recent upturn in form.

It will be so important for West Ham manager David Moyes to keep Rice at the London Stadium. If we are to make genuine progress, the 21-year-old will have a huge role to play for us.

Evra highlighted just how important the England international is for the Hammers, when speaking on Sky Sports today:

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“I’m really pleased for Declan Rice because he’s so humble.His work ethic is brilliant. Moyes gave him the captaincy. He is the future of West Ham. Many big clubs were interested in him. I think now he’s the main man of West Ham. He’s so focused and so humble.”

There will undoubtedly be a clamour for Rice’s signature once again in January and next summer.

Let’s just hope that the West Ham owners dig their heels and and resist any impending approaches for the 21-year-old.

Keeping Rice will be a massive statement from the Hammers. And as long as we match his ambition, there is no reason why he won’t want to stay at the London Stadium for the foreseeable future.

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