West Ham skipper Mark Noble opened up on his admiration, respect and love for Declan Rice, when speaking exclusive to WHUFC.com.

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The 22-year-old Hammers ace is lighting it up with England at EURO 2020 this summer.

We as fans are all incredibly proud of Dec. He is such a good example of everything that a young player coming up through the ranks should be.

Rice has been truly outstanding for the Three Lions. It seems as though he has reached an entirely new level this summer.

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The West Ham fans are really worried about Rice’s future at the London Stadium, however.

The Telegraph’s Matt Law claimed last week that Rice has rejected two new contract offers from the club.

Mark Noble raves about Declan Rice

We can only hope that the West Ham board manage to convince Dec to stay in East London.

Noble left nothing to the imagination when talking about his love for the 22-year-old, as quoted by WHUFC.com:

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“We hope that the next time we see Declan he’s got a medal round his neck, because that will be very special for us, the Club and for himself also. It’s been an absolute joy watching him play at the Euros, and emotional for myself at times because I still see him as a young kid coming into the team. I’ve got such a close relationship with him and his family and it goes beyond football really. I see him as a little brother, and we just hope obviously that he can keep on playing the way he does, keep winning games and hopefully, in a week’s time, that he lifts that trophy, because that would be very special.”

Let’s hope that Rice does return to the London Stadium as a EURO 2020 winner.

Then the hard work will really start.

Can we match his ambition? Can will sell him an exciting vision of the future? Or will he be in search of bigger and better things?

Only time will tell.

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