West Ham starlet Ben Johnson is desperate to keep Declan Rice amid Chelsea rumors – Marseille News

Young West Ham star Ben Johnson has revealed the team are desperate for Declan Rice to stay at the club.

The defensive midfielder impressed last season in the Premier League, however, his quality was highlighted even more at Euro 2020.

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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 the improvements to his game and Rice always makes a change, making interceptions and scoring some of the best midfielders Europe has to offer outside of 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 full-back made his 2019 debut and played 13 times in the Premier League last season, and he’s raving about his teammate.

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Johnson is already playing for West Ham in preseason

Speaking exclusively to talkSPORT, he said: “We know how good he is.

“I think he gets a lot of sticks from other fans, who watch the games but don’t watch football subjectively, they don’t watch football the way we do.”

The youngster continued: “We see the game differently, he’s a top player.”

Thomas Tuchel is said to be a big English fan and is said to be willing to spend the money to bring him to Chelsea.

Several big clubs are watching Rice this transfer window

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Several big clubs are watching Rice this transfer window

A potential partnership between Rice and N’Golo Kante would be formidable and could be the key to a successful Premier League season for the Blues.

His value has only increased and West Ham will not sell the midfielder for a low price, with Manchester United and Man City being equally excited.

Speaking about Rice’s future, Johnson added, “Of course we want to keep him, and I hope we can build our team around him.”

Her footballing abilities aside, the West Ham star is known for her good character and, at just 22, she is already a leader for her club and her country.

Hammers fans will want to build around Rice if he stays

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Hammers fans will want to build around Rice if he stays

Johnson spoke about his personality, saying, “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 pushes us to be at that next level.”

If England had won Euro 2020, Rice promised he would have his first pint of beer to celebrate.

Some fans didn’t think he didn’t drink, but Johnson confirmed this when asked, “He’s telling the truth, neither am I, there are a lot of kids who don’t drink.”