Speaking on the latest edition of the U Irons podcast, Sam Delaney has been discussing just how highly he rates Declan Rice to other players in world football.
The midfielder’s excellent season has gained him the attention of clubs like Chelsea and Manchester United in the transfer windows – albeit Chelsea’s interest has reportedly lowered since Frank Lampard’s departure.
Discussing the £60k-per-week star, Delaney admitted he feels Rice is one of the top players in his position in world football.
He said: “You get all these silly things about ‘Declan Rice is brilliant, he should be in England team’; ‘Declan Rice is much better than Kalvin Phillips or Jordan Henderson’ – all that. Yeah, I believe that to be true. I don’t think that I believe that because of my West Ham bias.
“I think that I’ve watched enough football to know that Declan Rice is the best player in his position, certainly in England. One of the best in the world.”
Should West Ham cash in on Rice this summer?
West Ham are still chasing their dreams of a place in next season’s Champions League with fourth-placed Chelsea just two points adrift and nine games remaining until the conclusion of the season (via Premier League).
TIF Thoughts on Delaney’s comments…
Rice has been hugely impressive this season. He has certainly played a significant role in the success of the football club this season which can be seen through the 2,610 minutes the 22-year-old has played in the league alone this campaign.
The impressive performances shown by Rice this season has reportedly sparked interest from Manchester United ahead of this summer’s transfer window, however, it is also said West Ham will hold out for a huge transfer fee if they are to allow their young midfielder to leave.