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Rice reveals why he hasn’t left West Ham

Declan Rice has revealed that he would likely have left West Ham if it wasn’t for boss David Moyes.

The Hammers star has been in exceptional form this season and has been leading the club’s charge towards the top four.

The club are currently fifth in the Premier League table ahead of tomorrow’s clash with title-chasing Liverpool, who sit second and have lost just twice all season.

Declan has emerged as perhaps the best defensive midfielder in the world throughout the last couple of seasons, with his performances at Euro 2020 drawing particular attention as England reached the final.

The Hammers star has since been linked with a variety of moves, unsurprisingly, but Rice now says that he could have departed before Moyes actually returned to the club, given that he was first playing as a centre-back under his management.

After winning the Player of the Year at the London Football Awards, the star said, as per The Sun“The first spell I was very young and was learning my trade and playing centre-half.

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“Then, it was funny because when he came back for the second spell he came over and said to me ‘you’ve got better, haven’t you?!’

“I looked at him and started laughing and from that moment on we’ve had such a good relationship.

“The confidence he puts into me is massive and means I can go out and perform when a manager believes in me like that.”

Rice added: “It’s good to be regarded in that way. I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for the manager.”

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A journalist with 10 years' experience of working on National newspapers, now chief reporter covering the club that I've loved since I was a boy. Upton Park remains the greatest football stadium ever built.

9 comments on “Rice reveals why he hasn’t left West Ham

  1. He meant he wouldn’t be here collecting the award if it wasn’t for David Moyes. At no point did he say he would have left the club.

  2. I think you might have completely misinterpreted this. He’s not saying “here” as in he wouldnt be at west ham. He means he would’nt be “here” as in he wouldn’t be at his current stature and level of quality, standing there with the award he just got etc, without the help of Moyes.

    • No I think you have mate – here’s the last line – quotes from Declan: Rice added: “It’s good to be regarded in that way. I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for the manager.”

  3. Rice is going nowhere this summer

  4. Spot on KoyatePartay. It’s obvious he was saying he wouldn’t be the player he was if it wasnt for Moyes. To put it in context he meant I wouldn’t be here (collecting an award at an award ceremony) if it wasn’t for the manager.” But then that doesnt make great clickbait and doesn’t provide yet more stories about Declan Rice leaving West Ham for a bigger club.

    • I beg your pardon – when have we ever said he will leave. Be very careful what you accuse us of. And if you think we provide click bait why are you here. You as ever are assuming you are right – we’ll do the same. He could mean anything – we assume it’s that Moyes kept him here and helped him to this award as a result

  5. You’re saying that Declan Rice would likely have left West Ham if it wasn’t for boss David Moyes aren’t you? that Declan has revealed that is the reason he hasn’t left West Ham. That’s what your whole piece was about. I’m only stating facts. And I haven’t got a problem with clickbait headlines. You want people to read your stories don’t you? Otherwise why do you write them?

    • No we are not – we are quoting what he said. We have never inferred that he will leave ever – quite the opposite continually denying it and that there have been bids plus regularly knocking the media who continue to say that. We don’t do clickbait and if you have no problem with it why mention it in a derogatory manner. You are making an issue out of bugger all – storm in a teacup as usual and pointing in our direction. Don’t bother coming back on this. He explained why he was at the club and why under Moyes. It’s pretty clear!!!

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