West Ham ace Declan Rice spoke exclusively to the club’s official website, and offered high words of praise for his teammate Jack Wilshere, suggesting that he sometimes has to pinch himself when he’s training alongside the former Arsenal star.

Wilshere, 27, joined the Hammers on a free transfer in the summer of 2018. The central midfielder has struggled for both form and fitness at the London Stadium, however.

The 34-capped England international made just nine appearances for West Ham last season. And he has started just two Premier League games this term.

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Jack Wilshere and Declan Rice (Photo by Stephen Pond/Getty Images)

On his day, Wilshere is a truly elite player. The problem is, however, that he really has lacked any kind of consistency over the past decade.

Rice is still a big fan of his West Ham teammate though.

 

The 20-year-old told WHUFC.com how surreal it is to be training alongside the former Arsenal star:

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Declan Rice and Jack Wilshere (Photo by Stephen Pond/Getty Images)

“Me and Jack has been a surprise friendship. We get on so well, we’re like best friends really. He’s a top player and even to be training with him is crazy because I grew up watching Jack Wilshere putting in performances on Match of the Day and against Lionel Messi in the Champions League in 2010, when he was only a kid. Sometimes I have to pinch myself.”

Wilshere will be hoping to prove his fitness over the course of the next few months, and if he does that, he has every chance of forcing his way back into the West Ham team.

And by the sounds of it, Rice would absolutely love to play alongside the Hammers midfielder.

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