West Ham told to expect constant interest in Declan Rice by Jack Wilshere

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West Ham are going to have to deal with constant interest in Declan Rice.

That is the view of former Hammers midfielder Jack Wilshere, who has also mentioned their ability to keep hold of the 21-year-old in the summer as a massive postive for their season.

Rice joined West Ham after leaving Chelsea as a teenager, and was tipped by some to transfer back to west London as Frank Lampard went on a huge spending spree across Europe.

Following those links, David Moyes and his team will be delighted that Rice has stayed put.

In a chat with Sky Sports News, Wilshere said: “I have said it before how much I rate him as a player and how much I enjoyed playing with and training with him and being around him.

“It is very important for West Ham that they kept him there this year.

“There is always going to be the big teams that come to try and take Declan Rice.

“That’s something that West Ham are going to deal with. But they have got him this year.”

Moyes has played Rice in both the centre of defence and midfield during his second spell at the club, and he stated in June that he is their best player in both positions.

In an interview with talkSPORT, he said: “I think Declan could arguably be my best centre-half and my best midfield player.”

Before adding: “We know he will give us something else as a midfield player but he showed he was defensively sound when he goes into the back line as well.

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“It’s really good for Declan that he’s improved so much and can play both positions. Going forward for himself and for us it’s a great thing to have, the ability to use him at the back and as a midfield player.”

Frank Lampard said when asked about Rice last month: “Again they are rumours, I can’t talk about these things.

“When players are ours it’s not my position to speculate on what may be, and it’s the same on the other side from players from other clubs. And I’ll continue that way.”

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