When speaking to reporters yesterday, West Ham boss David Moyes lifted the lid on Declan Rice’s celebration last night, as quoted by Football.London.
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The 21-year-old scored an absolute screamer to put the Hammers 3-0 up against Watford. And after the ball found the back of the net, he ran towards the touchline before passionately embracing David Moyes.
The 57-year-old Scot was appointed as West Ham manager for the second time in December 2019. And his return to the London Stadium was met with anger from the Hammers fans.
In fairness to Moyes, however, he does seem to be a popular figure with the West Ham players. ExWHUemployee alluded to that fact last night:
He really likes Moyes and him and many of the players did want him back https://t.co/tcpaBxCtDu
— ExWHUemployee (@ExWHUemployee) July 17, 2020
Losing Dec is unthinkable
Rice is so important to West Ham. Keeping hold of him will be of paramount important to the club this summer.
Last night’s celebration should serve as a boost to the Hammers’ hopes of keeping him beyond the end of this season.
And when speaking to reporters after the game, Moyes opened up on what the celebration may have meant, as quoted by Football.London:
“I wouldn’t say it meant an awful lot to me because Declan came over to me, he probably had nobody else to run to and found me there. I think the big thing with Declan is how much he has improved, come on as a player, we are really pleased with him. We have got the makings of some good young players and Declan Rice is one of them.”
Despite what Moyes said, it does seem as though Rice has huge admiration and respect for the Scot.
And if keeping the 57-year-old former Everton and Manchester United boss means the 21-year-old England international will stay at the London Stadium, most West Ham fans would surely be delighted with that outcome.