West Ham’s Declan Rice makes Man United declaration

Declan Rice believes he has the talent to succeed at Manchester United but the England star insists it’s too soon to leave West Ham.

The 20-year-old has been linked with a move to Manchester United on a regular basis over the past 12 months or so following his emergence as a key player at West Ham.

Former Republic of Ireland international Rice has also established himself as a regular in the England set-up to get vital experience at international level under his belt.

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has employed a policy of signing British talent since taking over the reins of the 20-time English champions.

Rice would fit the bill given that Nemanja Matic is out of favour at Manchester United, while there’s continued uncertainty surrounding Paul Pogba’s long-term plans.

However, the West Ham star has insisted that he remains committed to West Ham, despite admitting that he is confident he’s good enough to play for Manchester United.

“Don’t get me wrong, I think I’ve got the ability to play for a club like that,” Rice told FourFourTwo, as quoted by Metro.

“But it’s all about the timing and I don’t think the timing is right for me at all. I’ve still got so much to learn.

“I’m loving it at West Ham, the connection between me and the supporters is special. I’ve become one of the fans’ favourites and the manager likes me.

“It’s the best place for me to play my football.”

Rice has netted two goals in 74 games in all competitions for West Ham since making his debut for the Hammers in a 2-1 win at Burnley on the final day of the 2016-17 Premier League season.

The England star was a regular in Manuel Pellegrini’s team last term, scoring two goals in 34 games in the Premier League.

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