West Ham’s young star Ben Johnson has revealed that the team is desperate for Declan Rice to remain at the club.
The defensive midfielder impressed last season in the Premier League, however his quality received even greater focus at Euro 2020.
Rice was quality for England at Euro 2020
He started every game for England, leading the nation to its first major tournament final in 55 years.
His quality is now well recognized thanks to improvements in his game and Rice is always making a change, making interceptions and marking some of the best midfielders Europe has to offer off the game.
The young Hammers’ Johnson appeared on the scene last season and looks like another bright spark in the team’s future.
The versatile winger made his debut in 2019 and appeared 13 times in the Premier League last season, and was full of praise for his teammate.
Johnson already stars in West Ham in preseason
Speaking exclusively to talkSPORT, he said: “We know how good it is.
“I think he receives a lot of support from other fans, who watch the games but don’t watch football subjectively, they don’t watch football the way we do.”
The young man continued: “We see the game differently, he is a great player.”
Thomas Tuchel is reportedly a huge fan of the English and is ready to spend money to bring him to Chelsea.
Several major clubs are keeping an eye on Rice in this transfer window
A possible partnership between Rice and N’Golo Kante would be scary and could hold the key to a winning Premier League season for the Blues.
However, his value has only increased and West Ham will not sell the midfielder cheaply, with Manchester United and Man City also interested.
Talking about the future of Rice, Johnson added: “Of course we want to keep it, and hopefully we can build our team around it.”
Soccer prowess aside, the West Ham star is known to have good character, and at just 22 years old he is already a leader for his club and country.
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Hammers fans will be eager to build around Rice if he sticks around
Johnson spoke about his personality and said: “It’s a pleasure to have him on our team, he’s such a humble guy.
“We are so proud of him and what he has done, he has inspired us and is pushing us to be at that higher level.”
If England were to win Euro 2020, Rice promised that he would have his first pint of beer to celebrate.
Some fans did not believe that he had not drunk, but Johnson confirmed this when asked: “He is telling the truth, neither am I, there are many young people who do not drink.”