While West Ham bombed out yesterday against Everton, there was one pleasing development for West ham fans yesterday as BT Sport aired an interview between Owen Hargreaves and Declan Rice where the Hammers star made his thoughts on his future at West ham very clear.
Asked about the interest from other clubs he replied "I have a special connection with the fans. I love every minute of being at West Ham. I'm playing week in week out. Being compared to players, being linked to other teams, I don’t really take any of it in to be honest. If you think about it too much you get caught up in it. I’m just focused on playing for West Ham and playing with a smile on my face and enjoying it.”
With a contract that runs until 2024, West Ham will want to build their team around the classy youngster as they push for a place amongst the top sides in the Premiership.
Although this season has had many positives, yesterday demonstrated that the club will need to invest heavily in the Summer if they are to give Rice the standard of teammates that such a jump will require. At least yesterday's interview indicates that Rice is happy to be patient as he builds his career.