Declan Rice absolutely raved about West Ham United club captain Mark Noble, when speaking exclusively to the Premier League’s official YouTube channel.

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Noble, 33, has played a peripheral role for the Hammers so far this season.

In fact, he has played just 369 Premier League minutes.

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Rice has forged a wonderful partnership with Tomas Soucek in the middle of the park for West Ham.

That has meant that Noble has taken a back seat this season.

The 33-year-old has mostly warmed the bench for West Ham but that doesn’t mean that he isn’t still a big influence at the London Stadium.

Declan Rice blown away by Mark Noble

The 33-year-old West Ham skipper plays a huge role behind the scenes at the club. He will be incredibly hard to replace when he hangs up his boots.

Declan Rice told the Premier League’s official YouTube channel just how much he respects Mark Noble:

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“Nobes has been great, if we didn’t have him here, we wouldn’t have been as successful this season. Having him around, has been a massive impact for everyone. His presence is incredible. Everything about him, when new lads come in he’s on the phone making sure they’re sorted with a house or a car. He makes them feel really comfortable. Before the games he’s really vocal. He’s massive to have in the changing room.”

Noble’s influence on the West Ham players cannot be underestimated.

Rice’s comments prove that. Sure, the 33-year-old isn’t the player he once was. He still has a huge part to play at the London Stadium, however.

Let’s hope that we do achieve European football for next season. Because that will be exactly the kind of send-off that Mark Noble deserves.

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