West Ham United defensive midfielder Declan Rice has admitted that he pays attention to his Manchester City and United counterparts in order to see where he can improve on his personal game.
According to Manchester Evening News, Rice had been struggling to find his pace during his debut season in the 2017/18 campaign but now he has been deployed to a defensive midfielder and he believes this is where he performs best.
Despite being a standout star last season and playing a vital role in West Ham's midfield, the 20-year-old exclaimed that he needs to watch the best holding midfielders in the Premier League because he is not yet where he wants to be.
"As a holding midfielder, I’ve got so much to learn," Rice told Monday Night Football following a 0-0 draw with Aston Villa when his side were down to 10 men.
Manchester United legend and MNF host Gary Neville believes that Rice can be a well-established player as his game grows but doesn't think he is a United player.
"Would I say yes now at 80million, 90 million? I’m not feeling that personally at this moment in time," he told Sky Sports.
"But am I seeing a really good player who could potentially develop into something fantastic for the next ten years? Yes. I really do think that.
“But do United need another player? They’ve already got Matic, they’ve already got McTominay who are doing a similar role to what I see Rice doing.“
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