West Ham United boss David Moyes was in good form as players returned for the start of pre-season.

A limited Hammers squad was back in training at Rush Green on Friday.

But one player who was present was West Ham defender Ryan Fredericks.

It is well known that Fredericks’s best friend at West Ham is Declan Rice.

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Fredericks back in training but BFF Rice will be away for another two or three weeks

And Rice will not be back in West Ham training for at least another two-three weeks given his participation at Euro 2020 with England.

Fredericks and Rice have forged a great friendship during their time together at West Ham.

And Moyes poked a bit of fun at Fredericks when West Ham’s cameras picked up a question he asked the fullback during training on their first day back.

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Hammers defender gives two-word response to Moyes when asked if he’s missing Rice

“Listen, how are you getting on without Dec,” Moyes can be heard asking Fredericks in footage of West Ham’s first day back at pre-season training.

And Fredericks responded with a wry smile: “Not well.”

That will no doubt raise a smile from Rice during his down time with England before Saturday night’s big quarter-final against Ukraine.

West Ham fans will be hoping the bond Rice has with Fredericks is so strong he can convince him to sign a new deal with the club!

The Hammers and England midfield star has rejected two new contract offers according to The Telegraph.

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West Ham fans will be hoping Ryan can have a word with his good pal as speculation mounts over Dec’s future

The report also claims Rice has asked to be informed of any bids for his services.

That has – inevitably – sparked increased speculation Rice will leave West Ham.

But assistant manager Stuart Pearce believes Rice has everything he needs at the club and ‘loves driving West Ham forward’.

In other West Ham news, it has emerged Moyes turned down the chance to sign a quality player before he agreed to sign for rivals Leicester.

And Winston Reid will miss most of the club’s pre-season after being called up to New Zealand’s Olympic squad for the forthcoming Tokyo Games with his future in limbo.

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