West Ham ace Declan Rice said that he cannot wait to face Tottenham ace Tanguy Ndombele in the Premier League this season, when speaking exclusively to talkSPORT.

The 22-year-old Frenchman, who plays in a similar position to Rice, joined Spurs from Lyon in June for a club record fee believed to be worth in excess of £62 million (BBC Sport).

Ndombele is clearly a superb player. And Tottenham fans will be hoping that he hits the ground running.

Tottenham Hotspur v FC Internazionale - 2019 International Champions Cup
Ndombele of Tottenham (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)

West Ham have their own version of the Frenchman in the shape of the 20-year-old England international.

And the two players will undoubtedly enjoy plenty of hard-fought battles against each other over the course of the next few years.

And Rice told talkSPORT today how the French players at West Ham have been absolutely raving about Tottenham’s club record signing:

I’m really looking forward to playing against Ndombele. I watched him in the Champions League last season and he looked like a top, top player. The French boys here were raving about him, saying what a good player he was, so I’m looking forward to playing against Spurs and looking forward to playing against him.”

West Ham don’t play Tottenham until 23rd November, barring being drawn together in the Carabao Cup, when they welcome Mauricio Pochettino’s men to the London Stadium.

And if both players play, Rice will be hoping to get one over Ndombele during their first encounter against each other.

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