Angelo Ogbonna has recommended Declan Rice to Juventus, according to reports in the Italian media. In an interview with Italian newspaper Corriere dello Sport (via Sport Witness), Ogbonna raved about Rice.

The 30-year-old West Ham defender was asked to recommend a player for Juventus and he singled out Rice for praise.

But while Ogbonna’s intentions were to promote his team-mate, he risks enraging West Ham fans by ‘recommending’ him to his former club Juventus.

Angelo Ogbonna on Declan Rice

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When asked to recommend a player to Juventus, Italian defender Ogbonna told Corriere dello Sport (translated by Sport Witness): “I’ll give you the name of one of my teammates at West Ham.

“I see him train every day, so I know what I’m talking about. Declan Rice. He’s only just turned 20, is young and will get better. He started as a centre-back but has great technique.

“He does everything right, quickly. It’s not for nothing he’s already been given a cap with the national team.”

Rice deserves the praise and it shows just how highly his team-mates rate him. But West Ham fans will hope he stays in East London rather than move to Juventus.

The twice-capped England international has all the ingredients to reach the top level of the game but he seems content at West Ham at the moment.

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