Sunday 22 September 2019

Declan Rice insists he's good enough to play for Manchester United

West Ham United's Declan Rice (left) and Manchester City's Oleksandr Zinchenko battle for the ball during the Premier League match at London Stadium.
West Ham United's Declan Rice (left) and Manchester City's Oleksandr Zinchenko battle for the ball during the Premier League match at London Stadium.

Charlie Rusholme

Former Ireland international Declan Rice insists he has the ability to play for a club like Manchester United.

West Ham midfielder Rice addressed the transfer links with United in an interview with FOurFOurTwo magazine, admitting he believes he has the qualities to represent the Red Devils.

The Londoner, who switches his international allegiances from Ireland to England, has been targeted by United to bolster their midfield ranks.

Rice was linked with a move away from West Ham amid a contract wrangle before the 20-year-old put pen to paper on a new deal with Manuel Pellegrini's side.

"Don't get me wrong, I think I've got the ability to play for a club like that. 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," he said when asked about links with United.

"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."

While his comments suggest he would consider a move to Old Trafford if the opportunity arose, he also added that he can see himself staying in East London for the long term.

"I've signed a contract here for the next few years and I'm looking forward to playing this season and the season beyond, so we'll just see where it goes.

"To be called a West Ham legend in the future, maybe, would be a real honour."

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