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Opinion: Two things Declan Rice has just said should really excite the West Ham fans
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Opinion: Two things Declan Rice has just said should really excite the West Ham fans

West Ham ace Declan Rice absolutely raved about his teammate Mark Noble, shared his desire to improve and delivered his assessment on our season so far when speaking to the official club website.

The Hammers are flying high at the moment.

Under the guidance of a reinvigorated David Moyes, West Ham are sitting pretty in fifth spot in the Premier League table.

We also have a Europa League last 16 tie to look forward to in March.

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Things are looking pretty good at the London Stadium at the moment and Declan Rice has played a key role in our recent success.

The 22-year-old has taken over from Mark Noble as the Hammers’ on-field leader.

The 34-year-old Hammers club captain has taken a back seat this year and Rice has picked up the baton.

Declan Rice speaks positively about West Ham

The England international is now widely regarded to be one of the very best defensive midfield players in world football.

And as such, he has been linked with a move away from the London Stadium (The Mirror).

Rice’s latest comments, when talking to the club’s official website, should put the West Ham fans at ease, however…

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“I feel like we can achieve good things. We want the Champions League, that’s what everybody wants. I feel like top six is more of a bigger aim for us. We’ve gone for everything. We’ve rotated the squad as much as we can. There are so many positives to take and if we really look towards the European games coming up, when we’ll probably play a big side, I feel like we can really go far. We’re fifth in the league at the moment, we’re flying, and we’re into the knock-out rounds of the Europa League. There are lots of positives and every time we play at home, we can feel that presence from the fans. We love playing in front of them.”

Dec went on to rave about Mark Noble:

“He’s such a good people person. Honestly, if Nobes weren’t around, I don’t think I would have been as successful as I’ve been at West Ham. You can speak to him about anything and if I do something wrong, even in training, he will tell me straight away. It makes me think, ‘Wow, he’s still on me’’ He teaches me how to be a good person around the place, how to be with the lads, and if anything needs to be said in the changing room, you’ve got to say it. I feel like I couldn’t have had anyone better to guide me through.”

Rice went on to say:

“That’s a part of why we’re doing so well as a team. We can take criticism. If you can’t give it out and take it you’re not going to learn. Even me, I like to be told because it keeps you on your toes. The biggest thing I’m doing is learning in-game. Against top opposition and top players I’m always learning and looking at how they play, seeing what they do. I always watch my clips back, looking at what I can improve, speaking to the assistants, speaking to the manager. On the training pitch, I’m just trying to improve, to test myself against the players in training and trying different things. Just chipping away at a load of stuff, that’s the best way you can get 100 per cent out of yourself.”

What an incredible attitude he has for such a young man.

The sky really is the limit for Declan Rice. He can achieve absolutely anything that he wants to in the game. Hopefully West Ham provide him with the platform to do just that and he ends up staying at the London Stadium for many years still to come.

And keeping Mark Noble around the place after he hangs up his boots may well be pivotal to our chances of keeping hold of Rice.

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