Rice happy to keep leaning at Hammers

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Declan Rice would have turned down Manchester United.

Declan Rice says he is happy to continue learning his trade at West Ham amid continued interest of a future move to Manchester United.

The 20-year-old has emerged as a real talent at the London Stadium and it’s unsurprising the now England international has been attracting interest with his performances in Claret and Blue.

Manager Manuel Pellegrini has put his faith in the former Republic of Ireland international, who decided to switch allegiances to the Three Lions earlier this year.

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Rice put pen to paper on a five-year deal at the London Stadium last December and appears to be happy with life in the capital as he continues to impress in the Premier League.

Reports have recently emerged of renewed interest from Manchester United, with manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer keen on giving chances to young British talent at Old Trafford, following the arrivals of Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Daniel James over the summer.

However, Rice is eager not to be distracted by the speculation and feels he is in the best possible place at West Ham to continue his development.

He told the Evening Standard, saying: “If you look at the contract I’ve got now, it’s until 2022, so that’s still ages away. I’m looking forward to playing this season and the season beyond, and we’ll see where it goes.

“I’ve still got so much to learn. I love it at West Ham – the connection between me and the fans is special, I’ve grown to be one of the fan favourites and the manager loves me. This is the best place for me to play my football.”

Premier League champions Manchester City have also been linked Rice, with manager Pep Guardiola thought to be an admirer of the midfield.

However, Rice appears to be more than happy earning regular game time with West Ham and securing a regular spot in City’s starting line-up is tough enough for some of the best players in the Premier League.

Rice could look to get a few more seasons under his belt at the Hammers but eventually something would have to change in circumstances.

Either West Ham develop into a side that can challenge for European football and more in the Premier League, or Rice could see himself battling for trophies in a new environment either in the Premier League or abroad.

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